Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, NIV)
As Christians we are not immune from stress, disappointment, or heartbreak. The question is, what do we do with the negative emotions that steal our attention and affections from Christ and incapacitate us, as they sometimes do?
One of the greatest weapons we have against despair is praise. Yet sometimes the assaults come against us so quickly and with such great force that we are knocked off our feet before we even realize what has happened. Before we know it our praise gives way to anxiety and defeat, stealing our joy and tarnishing our testimony. When we find ourselves flat on our faces, broadsided by our failures and disappointment, we need to pray for God to show us the purpose for every problem and reveal how He would use our disappointments to accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
What are some of the challenges you are facing today? What are the disappointments that you simply do not understand--that cause you to question God's goodness? An illness perhaps, or a broken relationship with someone you love? Look around you. You are not alone. So many people deal with disappointment day after day. They are hurting, too.
Rather than lament your problems, ask God to take your challenges and use them to shape you so He can use you to make a difference in someone else's life. Let your disappointments become His divine appointment to encourage those on the journey with you.