Bible Study Outline on Disappointments

Experiencing Disappointments in Life

We all get down and become disappointed at some stages in our lives. God did not say that we will not face troubles after we believe in him. But, just like the non believers, we will still have troubles on earth. The difference is that we have God’s grace and we can call on his name whenever we face problems and he can help us (John 16:33). God put problems in our lives to make our faith in him stronger. In Romans 5:3-4, sufferings produce perseverance. Perseverance produces character. Character produces hope. Our goal on this earth is not to the worldly achievements but we must put our hope towards eternal life in heaven. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, those our outer self waste away, our inner self is renewed every day. The affliction you experience on earth is only momentary and preparing us to the eternal weight of glory, which is beyond all comparison. We must not look to the things that can be seen, which is temporary but to the things that cannot be seen, which is eternal.


Be Contented


We must be contented with what we have. If you cannot get something, you should not keep on coveting it and become frustrated. Whatever things that you do must be with a purpose to give glory to God. God has a wonderful plan for each of us. In Philippians 4:6, we should not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we should give thanks in all circumstances because this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.


In Philippians 4:11-12, not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. In Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. In 1 Timothy 6:6-8, but godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. In 2 Corinthians 12:10, Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.


Don’t Give Up

In Jeremiah 29:11, God has a good plan for each of us, a plan for welfare, not for evil, to give us a future and hope. Therefore, if you fail once, you should not give up but pray and put your trust in God that he will turn around the situation. In Romans 12:12, we must be rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation and continuing prayer at all times. In Hebrews 10:36, we need to be patient and persevere so that we will receive what God has promised after we have done his will. In Philippians 3:13-14, we must forget what is behind and reach towards what is ahead of us. We should only live up to what we have already attained.


Holding on to God’s Promises


When you are disappointed, you can gain hope by holding on to God’s promises. There are many God’s promises in the bible. In Romans 15:4, the scripture was written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. God always keep his promise. He always do what he said. In Numbers 23:19, God is not a liar like a man and he will never change his mind. You can pray to the Holy Spirit and ask him to speak to you and guide you. The Holy Spirit is our helper and comforter. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance (John 14:26).