Disappointment is a part of this world.
We can’t avoid it, we will have it; our choice is what to do with it.
Disappointment may not be able to be gone from our life, but it can be invested.
Jesus demonstrated disappointment with the actions of both friends, foes, and those who were neither – an indication of the variations of experience that give rise to differing expressions of disappointment.
Jesus was never disappointed in God, his expressions of dereliction on the cross voicing trust and faith, not accusations of failure.
We are redeemed through Jesus’ faith; we are instructed by Jesus’ expression of disappointment that is not sinful, but instead demonstrates trust.
From Paul Mallard’s book Invest Your Disappointments.
Jesus was not taken by surprise – he knew the anguish that he would face at the cross. He was not disappointed in God – he expresses a sure and certain confidence in him. The pain does not destroy his trust.
What does all this mean for us? If Jesus is the perfect example of true humanity, we can be certain that disappointed is not alien to humans experience. We should not be surprised when it happens. Equally, we find assurance here that disappointment is not necessarily sinful. Sometimes it can be a godly response to the hardness of the human heart or the pain of a broken world. It should also encourage us to remember that Jesus is our High Priest who is able to sympathise with us in our weaknesses because he was tempted like us in every way (Hebrews 4:15).
There is a purpose in disappointment. And the greatest purpose of all is to drive us into the arms of Jesus.
Paul Mallard, Invest Your Disappointments, IVP, 2018, pg 28.