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disappointment & devotion

By Michelle Darbonne
July 16, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Romans 3:9-31
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 19:13-14

Recently I experienced a really crushing disappointment. Something I had been hoping for and praying for for months (years actually) almost came to be, and then it didn’t. I’ve struggled to deal with that loss, and it has caused me to question a lot of things I thought I knew and believed. I want to trust that God is in control of this situation and knows what is best and will give Him the most glory, but it’s hard.

I resonate with David in our 1 Chronicles chapters for today. He had a dream to build a temple for the Lord, a house where God would dwell. But God said no. Even though David’s intentions were good, they ultimately were not what God had planned or what would bring Him glory. I can imagine how disappointed David was that he wouldn’t get to do this thing he had been longing to do. But he didn’t give up and go wallow in his sorrow -- instead he did his best to prepare for this thing to be accomplished by his son.

In the face of great disappointment, David responded with hope and a plan, and he encouraged his son Solomon to prepare for what was coming. The advice David gives is this: “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God…”

In our disappointment, in our waiting for an answer, in the unknown, we should follow David’s example and advice too: to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord. Ultimately, that’s the most important thing we can do. And as we seek the Lord, I hope that both you and I will grow to love and trust Him deeply in all circumstances so that He gets all the glory.

To memorize:

Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.

— 1 Chronicles 22:19a

Prayer to start with: Lord, we need your help to trust that You’re in control and that You know what’s best for us and the situations we face. Help us not to become bitter when things don’t go the way we hoped or prayed they would. Show us how to devote ourselves to seeking You, so that we can know and trust You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.