DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENTS
When Daniel was serving Darius, the king of Mede, Daniel worked as one of his governors. Darius noticed that Daniel was doing excellent work above the other governors that he thought of promoting him to be in charge of his kingdom. The other leaders became jealous of Daniel that they conspired against him. They proposed a decree or a law that no one in the kingdom could worship any man or gods other than Darius for thirty days. Anyone who was caught would be thrown into the den of lions. The other leaders made this decree because this was the only way they could trap Daniel because they knew that Daniel only worshipped His God. Consequently, Daniel did not worship Darius, and he was thrown into the den of lions. Daniel was disappointed as well as Darius. Darius tried everything that he could to save Daniel, but he could not reverse the law that he signed. The only thing that Darius could do was wait and hope that Daniel's God would save him.
Although Daniel did nothing wrong against Darius and even his God, Daniel was thrown into the lions' den. Sometimes when we go through disappointments, we can easily lose faith or give up, especially when we did our best and did nothing wrong. The truth of the matter is that all of us face disappointments even when we are innocent and have good and godly intentions. God allows us to experience disappointments because He uses it to teach us something about ourselves and our relationship with Him. Through our disappointments, God can reveal the condition of our hearts and how much we trust Him. God does not use our disappointments to destroy or make ourselves miserable, but He uses it to build us up, mature us, and make us more like Him.
When Daniel was thrown into the lions' den, God sent an angel to protect him, and none of the hungry lions hurt him. When Darius saw that Daniel survived, he rejoiced and threw all the other leaders that conspired against Daniel into the lions' den. We need always to remember that disappointments are only temporary and that God has our disappointments in His hands. God is always in control of our lives. There is not a moment that He is not with us. He always lives in us no matter what situations we are in. We need only to trust God and not lose heart and not give up.
Ask yourself these questions: What do I do when I face disappointments? Why should I not give up or blame God when I face disappointments? Do I trust God in my disappointments?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for teaching me about disappointments this morning. Please help me not give up, live in resentments, or even blame you when I face disappointments because you have a purpose and a reason you allowed them. Please help me to trust you completely. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.