God’s Divine Love is — Faithful

By   •   February 9, 2014   •   Topics:

disappointment

(Part 1 of 5 in a series exploring the depth of God’s great love for us.) 

“Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.” —Isaiah 49:23

Disappointment is sneaky. It creeps in just as we’re feeling a little optimistic and deflates our hopes and dreams. It’s like a dark cloud slowly crowding out the light. That glimmer in our eyes quickly fades.

Maybe you have been disappointed when you didn’t get the job. Or did get the job and didn’t like it. Maybe you were disappointed that you failed the test or that your five-year plan didn’t pan out. Maybe you were excited about the new house but soon uncovered its many flaws.

Or perhaps you’ve been disappointed in your ungrateful spouse, in your kids’ bad behavior or in yourself for not being wiser, stronger, more patient.

As it turns out, that house you wanted, that man or woman you married, that job you got and the children you had aren’t perfect after all.

Disappointment leaves us jaded. Forget looking on the bright side. So long, enthusiasm. Once disappointment sets in, it’s harder to see all the good things about the one who disappointed you. It’s harder to be cheerful, to appreciate life’s blessings.

But God does not disappoint.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Think about that last word, “faithfulness.” That means that God pulls through. He’s loyal. He’s always here for us. He hears us, sees us and loves us unconditionally. Isaiah 49:23 says that those who hope in Him “will not be disappointed.”

But wait, you might say; of course God disappoints. That person you loved died of a terrible illness after you spent hours in prayer. God let you lose your job and allowed your family to drift apart. He knew you had that one dream and it never happened. He’s not answering you in time. He’s not giving you a break from all the suffering.

Then again, it’s not God’s job to do what we want anyway. And that’s good. Isaiah 55:9 puts it this way: “So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God has our best interests at heart, and He wants us to live fulfilling lives (John 10:10). When we focus on Him—when we trust Him—our hope starts to outweigh our disappointment.

→ Continue to part 2 of the “5 Days of Divine Love” series here.

Disappointment Becomes Joy:  Read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion on disappointment.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.

42 Comments

  1. Rita Soteropoulos says:

    I understand disappointment. I lost my beloved husband in 2009 to colon cancer. I prayed and prayed, but God called him home. I don’t know why, but my mother always told me, The Lord always has a tender reason for everything He does. I know one day, when I go home, I’ll find out the reason. In the meantime, I will put my trust and faith in The Lord. God bless you Mr. Graham, you have truly been a tremendous blessing to this failing world!

  2. Isack says:

    Only Jesus

  3. Isack says:

    I.love Jesus

  4. Betty Ann Gandy says:

    This is so true. I remember when I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I was blaming God! Then one evening as I was sitting in the livingroom by myself, God spoke to me. I was living life in the fast fast fast lane!!! So many times God warned me (no I don’t think God gives us illnesses so to speak…but for me). He told me “how many times have I told you slow down and get your life right (again). Now, am I mad at God? Absolutely NOT! He’s also told me “my child you will wall again!”. I’m the one who wasn’t paying attention. Thank God today, my husband goes to Church with me, we pray together, study together, my oldest son & his family are going to Church and was recently Baptized! God is so good to me!!! My faith is in God and God alone!

  5. Gingerlei says:

    This is so true. I was a strong Christian when I was small, until I became so ignorant when I came to Uni,

    I lost my job in October, and from that time up to now, still not working, I was so angry that I didn’t get the job, been interviewed in many jobs, I didn’t get it.

    I end up going to chats, do unpleasant stuff there, just because I m disappointed at all these.

    I ve graduated with a BA in Accounting, but find no job.

    ITs now 11.30pm here, was about to go to sleep, then was thinking about Billy Grahm. I love everything about him. I then came here, and read this.

  6. Godwin Agaba says:

    now i know God truely Love me even when i face discouragement and disappointment of life. when i read the ur massage of divine Love it really added strenght to me

  7. GODSON TOCHUKWU says:

    THAT GREAT TEACHING,MAY GOD STRENGHEN HIM INJ.

  8. Jennifer Bailey says:

    I open my hands that my heart. May receive . Thank you I look forward to receiving future emails from you

  9. Carol Jones says:

    Please send future email messages. I will look forward to them.

    1. Carol Jones says:

      Without the Lord there is no hope.