Disappointments Can Tempt You to Weep, Instead of Rejoice

Disappointments, as used here, is a reference to how you feel when your desired results are not met. A key idea in this series of devotional, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13 is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on how disappointments can tempt you to weep. As you look at your life, did you think that things would have been different today than they are? Are you disappointed with the hand that has been dealt to you and feel like weeping? No one has a monopoly on weeping.

Singles weep about being single. They thought they would be married. Married people weep about being married. They thought they would be happy.

Parents weep about children. They thought their children would be upstanding and contributing adults. The poor weep over not having money. The rich weep over not being satisfied with the money that they have.

Senior citizens weep over bad decisions that have been made and the lack of time and energy to make corrections. As in the text, there is something about comparing the now to the expectations of yesterday that tempts us to weep.

Self Examination
1. List some unmet expectations in your life that tempt you to weep.

2. What are you going to do to lessen the amount of weeping that you do?

Prayer
God, the One who has kept me, in spite of my many disappointments, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have never left me, even when I was not conscious of Your presence. I confess that I have ignored You and your promises on too many occasions. Please forgive me and help me to live according to Your will for my life. In Jesus' name, amen.

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