“I wouldn’t think they would do that.” “I thought we were better than that.” “They were supposed to be my friend.” “I don’t believe they did that to me.” These are just some of the statements we sometimes make whenever we feel disappointed. All so often we put our trust in what we “think” people are going to do and by what they’ve done in the past, only to be let down. It is undoubtedly hard medicine to digest, but all so a reality.
But Romans 5:3-5 (NIV) lets us know that “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Basically we continue to hold true to the love of God that never disappoints. He is true to His every word. He maintains His faithfulness to us when man repeatedly fails us. We should wholeheartedly put our trust in Him and only expect what God wants to do to be done. If it is His will to have man do what He says he’s going to do, so be it. On the other hand, if He chooses to let man not do what they said, so be that as well. For it is His will that we ultimately want to be done. We simply have to use that occurrence as a learning experience. So, in those times when you’ve felt shortchanged from a friend, co-worker, or a family member, don’t harden your heart. Pray to God to truthfully forgive them and know that whatever happened was in God’s plan.
But keep in mind this is just another thing working together for your good, because God never comes up short on His end of the bargain.