What does the Bible say about disappointment?


Clarify Share Report Asked August 01 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The first thing that I would note is that, in my opinion, and depending upon the translation being used, the Bible can also express disappointment through the idea of being put to shame. These references may be summarized by saying that those who depend on God will ultimately never be disappointed (although they may experience temporary adversity), while those who depend on other sources of knowledge, strength, or deliverance (such as human wisdom or any of the aspects of this fallen world) will always be. 

Bible verses expressing this thought include:

Job 5:12
Psalm 22:5
Psalm 25:2
Psalm 25:20
Psalm 31:1
Psalm 31:17
Psalm 34:5
Psalm 35:4
Psalm 37:19
Psalm 40:14
Psalm 119:6
Psalm 119:46
Psalm 119:80
Psalm 119:116
Psalm 129:5
Isaiah 45:16
Isaiah 49:23
Isaiah 50:7
Isaiah 54:4
Jeremiah 8:9

Joel 2:26

Romans 5:3-5

Romans 10:11

1 Peter 2:6

1 Peter 3:16

Interestingly, I can think of at least two occasions where God expressed disappointment or regret over His own actions. In Genesis 6:6, He was grieved to His heart that He had created man, and in 1 Samuel 15:11, He expressed regret over having selected Saul to be the first king of Israel. However, in each of those cases, it was not God's actions themselves that were the source of the regret, but the evil committed by the beneficiaries of those actions through their own willful, sinful behavior.

August 01 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
The Bible has much to say about disappointment:

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

August 04 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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