Faith, Doubt & Disappointment
‘The greatest test of faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still you are able to say, ‘Thank you Lord’.
A challenging quote from someone who I presume has been to the depth of pain and despair, and still was able to say this. ‘How could we get to a place with God and declare the same?’
Sometimes there’s a stage in life when we can be less sure of our beliefs, doubt is cast and our illusions about God may be shaken - especially when bad things happen to our loved ones or ourselves.
As small children, life seemed fair; when we were good we were rewarded, we studied hard and passed the test. Life as an adult isn’t always so fair, hopes are dashed, and it can come as a bit of a shock when we’ve done our best. Sometimes God doesn’t seem fair, and we can get disappointed and doubt His goodness or even His existence. We can become afraid of fully trusting God. We don’t want Him to disappoint us, as it may shatter a fragile faith.
But God calls us to live by faith and trust in His promises.
Proverbs 3:5-6. He chooses when and how to respond to our prayers, he is not arbitrary.
Isaiah 46:11 speaks of God being in total control.
Suffering does not come from God. We and others are the source of pain, and we struggle to find hope in these situations, but without God there is no hope. God isn’t the Good Fairy or benevolent old man in the sky! He will not spoil us. He uses the trials and circumstances of our life to make us more like Jesus.
How can We Respond to This?
In prayer, bring our disappointment to God.
Ask for a strengthening of faith.
Submit to His way in our life.
Accept God not just when He solves our problems, but in all of our life.
Examine where we long more for the things of God, than a longing for God Himself.
Depression can be rooted in doubts and disappointment…more about depression later on.
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’ Jeremiah 31:3