Proverbs 13:12 — Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (NIV).
The third area I want to deal with is disappointment with God. This may be the most difficult relationship for hope to be restored to. God is always ready to take you back, but human beings are notoriously stubborn creatures. Many people lost hope in God years ago and have held decade-long grudges against Him ever since. They no longer have any godly expectations, and they blame Him for whatever reason.
If you are one of those people, listen to me carefully: It’s not God’s fault, so get over it. Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not trying to downplay the personal pain and rejection you might be feeling. I understand feelings are very real, but you manufacture and manage your feelings, not God. He does not change, and His word is eternal. He is not capable of lying, and He has never let anyone down ever.
Many times people lose hope in God because of unrealistic expectations. Others misinterpret unanswered prayers as rejection. As the old Garth Brooks song says, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” Looking back over my life, I am very thankful now that I did not get everything I prayed for.
God has a perfect plan for your life, and His ways are sovereign. Do not lose hope when God doesn’t work things out the way you would like Him to, or when it seems like your prayers are falling on deaf ears. He is always working on your behalf, and He hears everything you say.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV). What do you hope for? Do not suspend your dreams because you are mad at God for something He didn’t do. Give Him your grudge; you don’t want it anyway.
I Peter 5:7 — Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you (NLT).
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