2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Disappointment is something we all face.
The disappointment of our favourite sports team losing. The disappointment of a film that has been hyped up and turns out to be nowhere near as good as everyone made out it would be.
Then there’s the disappointment of our careers and dreams not working out how we thought they would. Our marriages not being what we thought they would be. Our health, our family situations, our finances, not matching our expectations.
Being disappointed isn’t a wrong emotion, but the way we can deal with our disappointments can have destructive effects on our lives if we allow it to.
How we deal with our disappointment is important. Disappointment is rooted in our expectations.
We have to grow our expectations of God and eternity to be greater than our earthly expectations.
The writer of 2 Corinthians, Paul, challenges us to “fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
We need to manage our expectations by learning to place them in the right direction. Earthly things and people will always let us down and leave us feeling disappointed if we put our hope in them. God on the other hand will always satisfy us, therefore, we point our expectations and hope towards Him.
Followers of Jesus can have a heavenly hope that no amount of earthly disappointment can take away.