Sunday night, Pastor Chris spoke about how to deal with disappointments in our lives. He mentioned the story regarding how his job in Florida led to disappointment. Yet, at the end of the story, Chris pointed that God worked the best in this situation because he now works at Saddleback Church.
I’m not sure you caught that in the message, but it sure hit me like a ton of bricks. I suddenly thought of Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” I don’t know about you, but I know for me, I have a hard time believing that in times of disappointment. When I get another rejection letter for a job,when I feel people have betrayed me, or when I run into a difficult situationat work, I admit I do not instantly remember that God will work everythingtogether for the good.
Yet, the Bible says God works everything together for the good. How do we remind ourselves of this promise? First,we need to remember God is good. 1 John1:5 says “God is light.” In the Bible, light normally refers to goodness. For example, when the Bible says Christians are to walk in the light, it means weare to walk in goodness. Therefore, since God is light, God is good. He is the example of goodness.
Second way to remind ourselves is to think through past circumstances in which God worked good out of disappointments. For example, when I go through a disappointment in life, I try look how God has provided for me even when things look bleak. I look at how God got me through college, even though my first three years were awful. I look at God got me through sufferings with my disabilities with friends who cared for me to help me out.
The final way to remind ourselves is to speak with someone about your disappointments. Pastor Chris, myself or a friend are great resources you can talk to regarding your disappointments. When you speak to someone about these disappointments, you will be able to work through the situation and be able to see the reality of God working.
Remember,God works things out for the good, no matter how bleak our disappointments look. No matter what your present situation looks like, remember, God is there and working things out. Wait for Him to help you out for the positive!