We need to be able to trust that:
- God hears us
- God responds to us
- God actually does something about our situation
One of the most famous verses in the book of Proverbs says this.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do
And He will direct your paths.
The Message version puts it this way:
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do & everywhere you go . He’s the One who will keep you on track.
Trust is a firm belief in the reality, truth, ability or strength in someone or something.
Relationships are built on trust.
We have a confidence in the abilities & the character of the people we trust.
Trustworthy people also have integrity.
Integrity means that the person can do & will do what they promised.
The issue is not believing that God has the ability & strength to answer my prayers.
The issue is can I trust that He will hear, respond to & answer my prayers.
Can I Trust That God Has Integrity?
Author Sheila Walsh talks about disappointment as the mortal enemy of hope. It is the sense of not measuring up . It speaks of a frustration & a deep sadness caused by non-fulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.
Disappointment leads to feelings of being let down, of anti-climax, of non-events, of depression or discouragement.
We are disappointed
- in ourselves
- in our children
- in our marriage
- in our relationships
- in our achievements
We Are Disappointed in God.
It is easier to pray for others then to pray for ourselves . It is easier because we can always tack – ‘If it be thy will’ onto the end of our prayer.
Disappointment Defeats Hope
Disappointment is the Enemy of Trust
Getting It Real
How do we deal with disappointments?
We Come to God With Honesty & Integrity
We Tell Him
Where We Are
How We Are
We Tell the Truth
We Are Disappointed In…….
We Let Him Respond
Step 1: Reflect on the conversations you have had with God this week. Reflect on the conversations about
- Where Are You?
- How Are You?
- About Y0ur Hungers?
- About Your Meeting Place?
Step 2: Choose to pour out your heart to Him about your disappointments.
Step 3: Choose to listen for his response. Choose to receive his comfort & his peace.
Step 4: Record your experience in your tent.
Step 5: Be Brave. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It can just be as simple as an emoticon.
Be Real NOT Politically Correct