Has God Ever Disappointed You?

Written by Karen Schenk

soulcravingsletdown To love is to risk.  I set up expectations of people I love whether I mean to or not. The more I love, the more expectations I have.  I sense it when those expectations are not met and I feel like I’ve been let down.  It’s something that annoys me about myself. I want to love without expectation.  I want to love freely and not let people down or feel like they let me down.

I love God, I pray, I come to him with the things that weigh on my heart.  When he doesn’t answer the way I think he should that can make me feel like he let me down.  I don’t understand why God chooses to not do things that seem obviously right to me.   But I know that he can see more than I can and that he can give me the strength I need to go through those tough times.  I know that my risk is higher if I don’t love because then I am truly all alone.  Has God ever let you down?

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61 Responses to “Has God Ever Disappointed You?”

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Trish, thank you for that and allow me to add a word of caution, in this case to husbands who pray. 1 Peter 3:7 warns us husbands to treat our wives with understanding and honor as being equal children of God “so that your prayers may not be hindered.” So fellows, if you want your prayers to be heard and answered, look carefully at how you treat your wives!!

  • Trish Hicks Trish Hicks says:

    This is subject right up my alley. There have been many pryers i have prayed where the Lord has not come through.However it is never God’s doing.Unfortunately there are certain conditions to where God can only work to answer a prayer. That is there can be no unforgiveness in our hearts.Nor can there be any habitual sins.If we have an aught against someone.It also the petitions you put forth must be his will. They can not be for selfish gain..and last but not least by any stretch we must have the faith that he God will grant what we ask. Now believe me with all this conditions it is quite hard. But anytime i have found that God had not come through it had always something to do with me. For again i say it is never god,it’s always you have to take a look at ourselves.For God is faithful, God is Good.He would never let us down nor forsake us. But yes for the most part those conditions need to be in perfect place, For him to be able to answer. That is like with Jesus if there isn’t faith or enough he can not work .
    Luke8:50-[50] Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

    [51] When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. [52] Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

    [53] They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. [54] But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” [55] Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. [56] Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

    the others were sent out because they did not believe. He can only work if we believe without doubts. That is also where we must examine ourselves if a prayer is not answered.

    I hope and pray someone is able to get some info out of this little excerpt.

    may God bless
    Trish

  • Geraldine says:

    I just want to make a public apology to all on this site and to God. And I feel terrible for being so angry at Him. End of the day I know that God is and that He exist. No matter how many times I felt He let me down or how many times I felt He was indifferent to my pain and my anguish and suffering. The only truth that I do know is this. God is the hand that feeds men and He is not a liar. I feel embarrassed before God and all of you. And I know that since the beginning of time we are not the only ones who felt this way to God. David and Job are great examples. And yet God still relieved them and redeemed them. I do know this though that God is more interested in spiritually maturing us, purifying us and healing us before He can bestow His blessings and His promises upon us. They are already ours because through Christ we have begotten all these things according to all His riches and glory. Forgive me God I vented and raged at You not knowing the outcome of my life when You alone knows what’s best for all of us. Forgive me for saying that I don’t need You knowing that I do each step of the way. Forgive me for calling You a fraud and being untrue and never answering my prayers. Forgive me for calling You a bully and slave driver, forgive me for my rage and anger towards You. I love You and I need You each and every step of the way for I know that You are only doing what’s good for my soul for this is Your greatest interest for all of us. For what good is it for man to gain the world and loose His soul. Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul. As angry and let down as I feel by You, I will continue to trust You and have faith in You. Because You are my Father and You really never left me nor have You ever forsaken me. I understand that You are trying to build me up the same way as Christ our Lord. Thank You Father for Your forgiveness and Your Grace, Your mercy and Your everlasting loving kindness toward me. Not my will O Lord but Yours. And I know that it is Your will to bless me. To redeem me and bring me to Your Salvation. Thank You Father for Your amazing Grace. Your loving daughter — G.

  • Geraldine says:

    Hear hear.

    I have been through the exact same frustrations with God and for the last five years. I have been praying petitioningfasted and God knows what more we are reminded in Isaiah 43:26 to bring God to remembrance of His promises to us so that we may be aquitted. I have not been acquitted for five years. Jesus encourages us to never give up in the parables with the unjust and unrighteous judge who finally gave in. But my righteous and just God has not given me the desires of my heart, even when I delighted in Him. Then Jesus tells us about having faith of a mustard seed and we can speak unto our mountains. Then there was the guy who bothered his friend late at night for a loaf of bread and his friend didn’t want to open the door but he eventually did because he knew that the friend would not leave him alone. All these examples are there in the word of God but no matter what I have tried, believed for and had faith for had come to pass as God says He would for the five pass years. It started in 2009 and it’s the beginning of 2015. And everyone will always tell you something that they think they know God works. I don’t I don’t know anymore but besides all the trials and tribulations I have had in five years. And it was really and truly ugly ones. I lost a lot I had train wreck after train wreck, never felt more disliked by God and inspite of the parables that teaches us to never give up : I’m really starting to question this God. He is not the one who helps us we are the ones who does everything end of the day because His promises are just words I have come to learn. I just had a revelation as I was busy writing. He wants to develop us into Christ like creatures because Christ was obedient to Him to the point of death. So I have everything taken away from me so that I may be forced to become a certain way out of force otherwise my prayers won’t be heard, is this love? I’m mad as a hatter

  • Andrew says:

    Gerald, man I read your posts and I was shocked because your questions and frustrations are exactly the same as mine. You have no idea! If you happen to read this, shoot me an email [it is our policy not to publish personal contact information]
    I don’t have any answers for you, but my faith is on thin ice right now, and maybe we could commiserate.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    to Elkay– thank you for your comment also Jeremiah 29.11 comes to mind I know the plans I have for you plans not to harm but to give you a hope and a future thank you from Sharon

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    A number of posts indicate that prayer is viewed as a way to get God to do what I want Him to do or arrange and if this does not happen, then quit. But listen to Jesus’ words, “Not what I will but what You Father will” so the objective is to focus on doing God’s will not on getting what I want.

    And God’s will for us is plain: we are to love God and love neighbor. We love God by living in obedience to His commands, by hearing Jesus’ words and doing them (Matt 7:24). We love our neighbors by sacrificially helping them meet their needs (John 15:13). There is a strong implication at John 14:23-24 that when we focus on these activities and not on ourselves and what we want, our relationship with God will be greatly improved and our prayers will be more effective and fervent (James 5:16).

  • Gerald says:

    @kah,
    Same here. Nothing ever, ever, ever changes. Now that it’s 2015, looking back I feel like I wasted an ENTIRE YEAR looking to the sky crying for help only to get rained on. All this while people that care nothing about god get anything and everything they want. Love, success, good breaks…a strong family…and for all my praying and believing and faith I get nothing but disappointment and heartache. I’m done trying. Forget it.

  • kah says:

    What’s the point? I prayed thousand of times and nothing works, in fact it got worst.

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    The let down is part of human nature.
    Looking to out Lord is dealing with the spiritual part of our lives, that Jesus so graciously has given to us. He will never let us down, as He lives inside of us all day long for the believer. Lord God! I pray that you will bless Gerald, as he has problems with You, as You will never leave him or forsake him, in the life that You have given to him. In Jesus name Amen

  • Gerald says:

    @Jaimie,
    But what exactly does “trusting in God” mean? For a lot of us, those expectations you were speaking of, have more to do with believing God will do as His word says rather than just granting some explicitly selfish petition. When we put our faith in a person and we are let down, we can rationalize the fact that they are human and not perfect. But isn’t god supposed to be? When we put our faith in Him, AND TRUST He will do for us as He said he will, what then are we supposed to think, say or believe when everything is ignored or never comes to pass??? How do we keep putting our faith in something that never comes through??? It doesn’t make any sense anymore. Sometimes I feel like not believing ANYTHING after carrying around false hope from a God that keeps letting the very things I love vanish or be destroyed (after praising Him for blessing me with them/it no less) and throwing my Bibles in the garbage. It ends up feeling like I’ve been duped by a God that’s either not real or doesn’t care!!! It’s maddeningly frustrating to go on like that with nothing ever changing and when it does, being very, very short lived. Like, why give me someone to love only to have them turn on me or take them away? Why bless me satisfying employment to only lose it due to no fault of my own? Why ask us to pray and believe and trust when all we are is let down???

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