Proverbs 13:12 says, “Disappointment makes the heart sick.”  I have found this to be so true.  In the Message Bible, it says, “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.”

The Passion Bible says it like this: When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul.

I have noticed something lately, not only in my prayers, but also in the things I am praying with others about.  What I have noticed is this.  Several times when we have prayed it appeared that our prayers were not answered in the way we would choose.  Instead of allowing that disappointment to set in, we have instead, continued to trust God.  While I admit, the outcomes we first saw was a little disappointing – we didn’t let that stop us.  We continued to speak Gods Word and trusting He had a better way.  So, what happened?

Every single time, in the end, it worked out even better than we thought.  Not only did God answer prayer, but it was exceedingly, abundantly above what we prayed.  As I was pondering on this today, talking to the Lord about it, I felt He spoke to my heart and said, “You didn’t let disappointment stop you.”

There have been many times in days past that I have allowed disappointment to stop me.  I have allowed it to take root in my heart and damage my trust in God and my faith in His Word.  I have walked through unrelenting disappointment that seemed to drag on and on.  I have been heart sick over it.  I have allowed it to hinder my pressing forward.  However, I no longer do that.  I have come to a place where I truly trust God completely, even when it seems things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to.  It is a great place to be.

In the past couple years, we have all suffered loss.  Many have lost loved ones, me including.  We have lost family members that we diligently stood in faith for with all we had, and still had to bury them.  It hurts.  It is disappointing but we can’t allow that disappointment to get in our hearts.  If we do, our hearts will remain sick, and we will be unable to continue in what God has planned for us.

“You didn’t let disappointment stop you.”

I truly believe we are in a unique season with God.  He is answering prayer.  He is fulfilling His Word.  I am seeing it all around me.  But this I also see.  It is only happening for those who continue to trust God amid the seemingly unanswered prayers.  Through the disappointment.  Through the delay.  For those, God is doing amazing things.  It is wonderful to watch.

It reminds me of a little song we used to sing as kids, it was called, Going on a bear hunt.  The words said something like, “I see a place up ahead…meant to deter us….we can’t go under it…we can’t go around it…we must go THROUGH it.”

There are some places in life we can’t go around.  We can’t avoid.  We simply must go through it.  And when we choose to go through it in faith, God is bringing forth a mighty manifestation of His Word. Don’t miss it!

Friends, we have all been disappointed from time to time.  But if not dealt with, disappointment will become the lens from which you view everything through.  Disappointment will hinder our trust and faith in God.  It will cause us to be divided in our beliefs.  When that happens, we begin to waver.  The Bible says a man who wavers will receive nothing from the Lord.  None of us want to be in that position, where we receive nothing from the Lord.  Therefore, we can’t allow disappointment to remain.  We must choose, instead, to trust that God has a better plan than we can see right now.  And we must refuse to stop believing God…fully…100%.

A friend received a word from God recently that said God was repairing her trust in Him.  She had gone through a very difficult season, with much loss.  Even though she still pursued God, apparently God saw that season had damaged her trust in Him.  He is the One who restores and makes whole.  He is the one who repairs.  I have been blessed as I have watched Him repair her trust.

I believe this word is for many in the Body of Christ.  Has your trust in God and His Word been damaged by unrelenting disappointment?  Would you like to see it repaired?  If so, ask Him to repair your trust.  He is no respecter of persons – if He will do it for my friend, and He is – He will do it for you as well.  We have not, because we ask not.  Ask Him today.  Don’t let disappointment stop you – press on, my friend, press on.

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