Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession. 2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)

The Key To Overcoming Your Disappointment

Author V. Raymond Edman dedicates an entire chapter to the topic of disappointment in his book, The Disciplines of Life. In it, he says that disillusionment, despair, defeat, and degrading self-pity do not meet or mend disappointment; instead, going onward does. He cites the experience of the Apostle Paul as told in 2 Corinthians 2. He had anticipated meeting Titus in the old city of Troas, but Titus did not show up. There is no reason given for why Titus failed to appear, but Paul does say “my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there.” (2 Corinthians 2:13)

So how did Paul react? He went on to Macedonia. He kept right on going. Today’s verse is his declaration of praise and victorious purpose even in the midst of his disappointment.

When something upsetting happens to you or to your family that makes no sense—and even makes you feel as though you’ve been blindsided by God Himself—how you respond is key. Edman wrote: “There is a discipline of disappointment that would destroy us, unless we cause it to lift us into a new sphere of usefulness and devotion” to the Lord.

Take your situation to God in prayer, and ask Him to show you how it is being used by Him to bring you and your family to a greater destiny in Him.

Going Deeper

Romans 8:18-30; James 5:7-18; 1 Peter 4:12-19

Here is some additional encouragement related to today’s devotional.

Blindsided by God

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