Dealing with Disappointment
Bible Reading: Matthew 13
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
When we first began our recovery, we may have been surprised to find that God wasn't the enemy we'd thought him to be. Perhaps we were enthusiastic about our new relationship with God. We may have expected that when we turned our will and our life over to God, the struggle with our addictions would miraculously disappear. That sounded great! Finally there was an escape from the pain! But as we progressed in our recovery, we discovered that we still had to live life in the real world. We had access to God and his power, but we still had to fight the battles. This may have caused us to get discouraged about our relationship with God, causing our spiritual life to wilt.
Jesus described a similar condition using a farming illustration: "Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn't have deep roots, they died" (Matthew 13:5-6). Jesus explained, "The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God's word" (Matthew 13:20-21).
God never promised an easy life. If we're disappointed, it's because our expectations were unrealistic. Have we allowed life's troubles to destroy our budding faith?
By continuing with our personal inventories, we allow the seeds of recovery to take root.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.