10 Inspiring Bible Verses About Disappointment
Disappointment is, unfortunately, a part of life…and it’s easy to feel let down by God when we’re feeling dejected. So how should we handle our disappointments? One of the best ways is to meditate on Bible verses about disappointment.
How Bible Verses About Disappointment Can Help
If you’ve ever felt disappointed about anything, you’ll know that it can affect your mood and how you respond to the people around you. It can also affect the way you feel about God. Somewhere along the way, we fell into the belief that as Christians we shouldn’t have disappointments. We forget that Jesus told His followers they would have trials because they chose to serve Him (John 16:33) and expect life to be all peachy, all rosy, all the time.
But life doesn’t work like that. We live in a fallen world and there are going to be things that just don’t work out the way we think it should. It helps when we can meditate on Bible verses about disappointment.
What does the Bible says about disappointment?
There is a lot of Scripture about overcoming disappointment so the next time you’re feeling let down, here are some disappoint Bible verses to focus on.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 ESV).
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Psalm 42:11 ESV).
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12 ESV).
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5 ESV).
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22 ESV).
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 ESV).
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV).
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8:18 ESV).
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV).
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV).
As you can see from these verses, we’re not the first people to experience disappointment. The Bible is filled with the stories and prayers of the afflicted. It helps to remember that, and to focus on the goodness of God who never changes regardless of the disappointments we’re facing.
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How Do You Overcome Disappointment?
It is important for us to work on overcoming our disappointment. Left unchecked, disappointment can become a root of bitterness that taints everything else in our lives. There are a number of things we can do to help us through the trials of life.
1. Read Scripture that encourages us to be positive. As you have noticed from the verses above, there are many Bible verses about disappointment. These Scriptures remind us that we are not the only people to experience disappointment, that there is a limit to how long it will last, they have a purpose in our lives, and God is with us through all of them.
2. Remember that God is still God. One of my favorites stories in the Bible is the one about the three Hebrew boys. You can read the account in Daniel 3. These three young men knew the penalty for remaining true to their God and not bowing before Nebuchadnezzar’s idol was death in a fiery, furnace. But they were willing to risk their lives. they knew God had the power to save them but even if He didn’t, He was still God.
Do not allow your disappointment to rob you of your faith in God. God was with you before the trial, He remains with you through it, and He will be with you afterward.
3. Find the purpose. Every disappointment in life has a purpose. Instead of wallowing in your disappointment, spent some time contemplating the purpose of your disappointment. Was it a growth opportunity? Is is for character development? Did you learn something new about God? How was your relationship with God strengthened? Don’t waste your pain. Find the purpose in it.
4. Pray to guard against disappointment. Now you may be wondering, how do you pray against disappointment? The best way to answer this question is to think about what disappointment is. Disappointment is what happens when we don’t get what we want. Maybe it was something you prayed fervently about but for whatever reason, God did not choose to answer your prayer in the affirmative.
But what if the thing you had been praying for was not God’s will for you?
My friend, when we pray against disappointment, we ask God to give us the desire of His heart. We ask Him to change our desires into His and remove anything from our heart that is not His perfect will for us.
I thought about how we could respond to disappointment a lot as I read Archer. The verse that kept reverberating through my mind was Psalm 27:10,
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up (KJV).
The main character, Phoebe, did not have a loving family. Her mother was dead and her father was cold and indifferent. Phoebe reminded me of so many persons who expect parents, spouse, children, or friends to fill a gap in their lives that only God can.
My Review of Lady Wynwood’s Spies: Archer
When Phoebe Sauber’s father announces his impending marriage, he also lets her know that he wants her to leave the home she loves. A series of providential events and a stray arrow lands her in the middle of a mystery that involves a treasonous plot, lots of secrets, and men with superhuman strength.
I liked the characters in Archer. Individually, they may have seemed like misfits, but each had a unique set of skills which made them a perfect part of the team. The banter was interesting and at times funny. There are at least three romantic threads that I’d like to see picked up throughout the rest of the series.
At times, the novel read like an entry into the Marvel franchise (there is definitely a super villain) and I wondered how it would play out on the screen.
The Characters & Themes in Lady Wynwood’s Spies: Archer
When Phoebe realizes that she’s being banished from her home, something snaps inside her. She decides to stop trying so hard to win her father’s approval because years of trying had done nothing for her.
Know God: I sympathized with Phoebe. It’s hard when you feel like you have to earn someone’s love or approval, especially when that person is a parent. But like Phoebe, we all have to realize that earthly parents are fallible. They don’t always treat their children the way they should or the way God wants them to. But God is always there for us. He supports and loves us in ways no earthly parent can.
Know yourself: a lot of this book focused on Phoebe and how she was feeling over her father’s rejection. But it also showed how she grew and changed as a result of the events which happened after she interrupted Mr. Michael Coulton-Jones’ clandestine meeting.
Sometimes we spend so much time trying to become a person we believe will please someone else that we never take the time to figure out who we are.
Run your race: Lady Wynwood’s Spies had an eclectic cast of characters-an archer/botanist, a chemist, a few retired spies, and a household of people with unique skills. But what I liked about the book was that no one was trying to do the task best suited for another. Each person brought credit to the team by doing the job they were qualified to do.
Final Thoughts on Lady Wynwood’s Spies: Archer
In a lot of ways, the story of Phoebe, her father, and future stepmom reminded me of Cinderella. We can already see that the future Mrs. Sauber will not be a doting mom to her stepchild, but the reader doesn’t quite know what’s in store for Phoebe if she bends to her fathers’ will.
There was also a bit of the Hulk meets the Black Widow and a mishmash of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. All of which made for an exciting read. I was a bit disappointed that the romance elements were not played up more especially when the book ended in what I consider an abrupt manner. I should note that it is clearly stated in the book’s description on Amazon that this is a cliffhanger, but I did not go into reading it with that knowledge and so was a bit taken aback.
In spite of this, I enjoyed reading Lady Wynwood’s Spies: Archer and look forward to the other books in the series. As stated, this book is a cliffhanger so a lot of issues remained unresolved.
Lady Wynwood’s Spies had a recurring theme that God’s hand is in every thing. Events may seem coincidental or out of control, but God is aware of every detail. Nothing takes Him by surprise and He’s working it out for your good.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers through Celebrate Lit; a positive review was not required. Purchase Lady Wynwood’s Spies: Archer on Barnes & Noble | Amazon
About Lady Wynwood’s Spies: Archer
Part one in a Christian Regency Romantic Adventure epic serial novel with a supernatural twist
Lady Wynwood’s Spies series, volume 1
She met him again by shooting him.
After four seasons and unmarried because she is taller than most of her dance partners, Miss Phoebe Sauber receives the shocking news that she is being callously banished from her father’s estate because he is remarrying. Feeling betrayed by her father and by God, and wanting to escape her family’s presence, she attends an archery tournament with her friends.
But her perfect aim fails her, and her arrow hits a piece of paper held by Mr. Michael Coulton-Jones, whom she hasn’t seen much in society in several years. But strangely, her arrow tears a section of the paper with a partial symbol that looks eerily familiar to her.
He met her again while searching for a killer.
Michael had quit his work as a spy for the Foreign Office when his brother was poisoned. His search for the murderer leads him to Apothecary Jack, a criminal underworld leader with a penchant for poisons, who is gathering a powerful army through an alchemical potion that can give men supernatural strength.
But his path unexpectedly crosses again with Miss Sauber, who saves him from a trap laid by Jack. She and her Aunt Laura, Lady Wynwood, have found a vital connection to Apothecary Jack and the mysterious group he works for.
Now Michael, who had vowed to never again allow civilians to come to harm, must work with a nobleman keeping dangerous secrets, a human lie detector, a chemist, a fellow former spy, and the one woman he’s never allowed himself to get close to.
And it is only this ragtag group that stands against a traitorous organization that could enable Napoleon to conquer the world.
PLEASE NOTE: This is the first book in the Lady Wynwood’s Spies series, an epic serial novel. Each volume has a completed story arc, but this is NOT a stand-alone novel and ends on a cliffhanger.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Camille Elliot lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of the Sunday worship teams. Visit her website to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter. http://www.camilleelliot.com/
Trusting God Through Disappointment
A major key in overcoming disappointments is choosing to trust God. When we choose to meditate on disappointment Bible verses, we need to remain focused on the God who gives the Bible its power. God has never broken a promise that He has made. You can trust Him. He promises to walk with you through trials and that He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Disappointment only lasts for a time but God will remain with us forever. Will you trust Him through your disappointments?
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