I did not realize that would be published. Think of disappointment as a test permitted by God to see if you'll continue trusting Him, obeying Him, and believing that He is good. This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why does he seem so distant? In today’s psychological culture, we have become a people more concerned with solving our problems than finding God. Jesus prophesied this in that family members would be set against another. What can we expect from him after all? These questions are asked with piercing honesty and biblical certainty. Paul turned to the Lord and asked, three times, to be relieved of this ailment. What about unanswered prayer? I live on $ 770 a month. My mother preferred her boyfriends over us. He points beyond lifes disappointments and the cynicism they can breed to a stronger, wiser faith, a confidence in God's deep love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who God is. Remember that God can see the beginning from the end, He knows the consequences of every single action that takes place. He is convinced that the hope of the world lies in men and women having a saving relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. This book is a wonderful resource for people struggling with life’s hard times as well as for counselors or pastors seeking to help others. Yours in Christ, I am fearful of everything. Is There Such A Law? pg. My father left when I was six weeks old. I am just struggling with rejection and the fact that my now ex husband literally just “dumped” me like I did not exist. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Previous post: Psalm 27: Bible Study & Commentary. Step by step, Philip Yancey retraces the long journey toward understanding the answers to these and other questions. Robert. So often, we think we know what’s best for us, but God sees the beginning from the end. You are loved, so loved dear child of God!!!!! Included in this anniversary edition is a study guide with questions about these perplexing questions of faith that the author confronts. Get counseling. Create free account to access unlimited books, fast download and ads free! For example: How should the believer in Christ face these disappointments? Jesus is our strength and our refuge in the good times and the bad. Let us look at God’s Word for an answer. Christians must not allow themselves to begin to think that God is bestowing His goodness on them because they deserve it. I am so sorry Christa. I need to break the emotional tie with them because I will be unequally yoked. My name is Stephanie (I wrote under Lookin for answers) and I wrote to ask for help almost two years ago. Robert. God bless you. If we will simply leave everything in His hands (of course, acting whenever He tells us to), He will guide us and strengthen us in all we do…and things will be so much better than we ever dreamed. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 ESV). I am 57 and physically will not be able to do this much longer. For myself I do not, but when someone asked me this today, I couldnt find the write words, as this person was VERY upset. Hello Stephanie. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'whatchristianswanttoknow_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_11',115,'0','0']));In the Old Testament, God comforted His people with these words, “But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. I have seen my siblings prosper (financially/relationally), in their lives, and I just seem to languish in despair. 27389, Goodreads reviews for Disappointment with God, + See More U.K. & International Retailers. Let me tell you something, “If you still have a heartbeat and are breathing… God has a plan for you!!!! Oh, that we could all be content with that attitude. And now, thirty years after writing his first book, Yancey revisits our cry of “Why, God” in three places stunned into silence by the calamities that have devastated them. I’ve had at least one time (and most likely more) where life went differently from what I prayed for, but the end result was greater than what I had in mind! That your Creator, your Heavenly Father would fill you so full that you run to His feet and just lay prostrate before Him. I am responsible and do not see how God could possibly love me. I love your teaching and once again thank you…God bless Julie Ardito, Julie, What was God’s answer? Thank you for your very compassionate comment. He had some sort of ailment or affliction with which he struggled that caused him great grief. Who knows what glory He will get out of even the worst tragedies? He takes us beyond the things that make for disillusionment to a deeper faith, a certitude of God's love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is. why my family never visited me or came to meet my children when they were born. Only when one views life through the lens of the Bible can one arrive at a worldview based on truth. "Can he be trusted?" !” If God desires our love, why does he sometimes put obstacles in the way? I was robbed. Wonderful article Robert! That line you liked was actually my loose paraphrase of Paul’s words in Romans 8:18. Jesus also tells us that our relationship with Him will bring us inner peace, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. God is truly great, and I try not to get disappointed when things go bad/differently, but instead I try to think of what God’s intention/purpose could be. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. I loved your response to Jack, ” It can be difficult, but in the overall scheme of things, it is but a fleeting moment which cannot compare to the grace and glory we will experience with God.” Amen brother! The whole apartment complex is a sad destitute place. Hoarding, can’t let go of possessions. Robert, the author of this article, may have a much better answer than I do but I feel that when we rejected God to rule over us (in the Garden) and we decided to make our own ways more important than obedience to God, we made our own choices and our own way to live. Where I live is the ghetto. Many Christians believe that, because they are saved, life should have no hardships whatever. Unfulfilled in life? Then i will end my life. Download full Disappointment With God Book or read online anytime anywhere, Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle. Once she told me, ” Don’t make me choose between you or him, because you”ll lose.” Something cracked in my nine year mind. Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Robert is happily married and lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The enemy wants you to feel alone and isolated and living in torment. Blessings. advice, I just want to go home to Jesus. Suffered emotional, mental, rejection and sexual abuse. I’m so ashamed. God bless you, brother. God is good, and He is in control. A male version of my mother. Married 25 years to an alcoholic. I just need perspective. We must not think that somehow, God saved us through His power, but we will take it from here and live the Christian life in our power. Trust in Him with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). Excellent, uplifting article, Robert! It is just so heart breaking to me. Spend £20 and get FREE shipping on Harpercollins.co.uk ! Yours in Christ, This product is unavailable, please try our other retailers, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Registered in Scotland, Company No.