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One reason we can be thankful amidst disappointment lies in the total trustworthiness of the God to whom we’re grateful. My dad, a hospital chaplain who regularly visits people experiencing major losses, emphasized this truth when I asked for his advice on responding to disappointment. He answered,
“I often remind people, especially Christians, of Matthew 5:4: ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ I encourage them, ‘Allow yourself to grieve, and to let God comfort you.’ The next step, trusting in God’s sovereignty, flows from that.
Trust allows us to ‘zoom out’ of the immediate picture around us and practice Proverbs 3:5-6: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’”
On that note, here are three biblical reasons to exercise trust:
An attitude of trust positions us to follow God’s will. Jesus modelled this attitude in Gethsemane, praying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42, ESV).
Trust also positions us to recognize God’s faithfulness in action. Hardships I’ve encountered over the last couple of years have shown me to face any new problem with the prayer, “Thank You, Lord, for this opportunity to trust You. Please help!”
While not always in the way or timing I imagine, God never fails to answer, providing glimpses of His glory I never would have seen if life were easy.
God’s character is the definition of trustworthiness, so we can rest confidently in the hope of His promises. You can find just a few of these many promises in Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 30:5, and 2 Corinthians 4:17. One of my favorites is Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
If I look a little bit up and to the right of where I’m typing this article, I can see that promise from Romans 8:28 written in bold letters. They’re black letters emblazoned against a green backdrop: the gas cap from my totaled car. The verse and gas cap stay on my bookshelf, a reminder of God’s sovereign goodness amidst disappointments—goodness we can sometimes only glimpse because of disappointments.
Through every high and low, every tide of happiness or grief, God remains worthy of our worship, prayer, thanksgiving, and trust. By acting on these truths in response to disappointments, we fix our eyes upwards on the Author of our hope.
And like Romans 5:5 (NKJV) assures us, hope does not disappoint.
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