This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the LORD about it…The LORD replied, “ Is it right for you to be angry about this?”
(Jonah 4:1,4 NLT)
Have you ever been disappointed with God? When things didn’t turn out the way you expected? Or when hopes were dashed? Did you sulk? Were you angry? Maybe you stopped serving Him? Or, did you walk away from God? We have all experienced times of disappointments in our lives. Some major, some minor ones. What should our correct response be? Is it right to feel negative about God in the first place?
Learn from Jonah. When the people of Nineveh repented after his preaching, he got really angry with God for saving his enemies! This is what he said: “I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people…” (v 2). Wow! He knew God to be loving and merciful… yet he was angry! This is a real problem for many believers. We expect God to be good to our desire, our cause, our needs first. Why is it God can do “miracles” for others and yet not for us? Why “bless” others and leave us out? That is the crux of all disappointment isn’t it? That God can, but He apparently won’t (for us).
It is not wrong to be disappointed with God. They are part of our spiritual journey. Every saint in the Bible has experienced it. Hardened hearts that deny Him are another matter. Jonah sulked dangerously… yet, God’s patience remained. He is that kind of a God. If we hold Romans 8:28 closely, that “all things work together for good for them that love Him…” then non-answers from God can only mean that there is a higher purpose not yet evident. The posture that unlocks our disappointment is surrender. The key that moves us forward is faith. Faith to believe that God is good. Always.
Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师