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Disenchanted, Frustrated, & Ticked Off – Now What?

Disenchantment happens. It happens with friends, in marriage, at work and certainly in the church.

But how should we respond to the disappointment, the revelation of imperfection, and the frustration of our unmet expectations?

I keep wanting to list examples, but it would take forever, and I’m sure you’ve already got a vivid picture in your mind that has been or is part of your reality.

Have you been the one people were disenchanted with? It hurts. And for people-pleasers, it is down right excruciating. But it happens. We all fail to meet expectations and show our imperfections.

Micah 6:8 tells us what to do:

the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:
   to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God

1. God requires us to do what is right. What is right (fair, just) when we are disenchanted? Perhaps the answer is different in many situations. We MUST go to the Father and show Him what we see and ask Him to reveal His perspective on the situation. We can have a conversation with God that goes something like this:

  • What is right? What is truth? What do you see here God? I know you see and know all.
  • What do you want me to see? Please shine your light on the darkness here. Keep me from believing any lies about this person and this event.
  • Show me what to do and not do next. Don’t let me fall into temptation here, Lord.

2. God requires that we “love” mercy. How do we love mercy? We first have to recognize our own need for it. We have to be really honest with ourselves and our own imperfections and failings. And then we can LOVE that we have received mercy (a compassionate pardon) from God. As we acknowledge our need for this undeserved forgiveness, we can begin to want that for others who are imperfect just like us.

  • Lord help me to see myself in need of your mercy and to follow you in being merciful with others.

3. How do we walk humbly with our God? We profess our dependence on Him and our faith that He is able to right the wrong. He is able to do more with this “lack” than we can ask or imagine. As Colossians 1:4 (amplified) says – “we lean our entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in his power, wisdom, and goodness.”  That doesn’t mean we ignore the situation. Instead we recognize that He can and will intervene. He wants us to see Him do it. He wants us to see Him in relation to the disappointments around us and worship Him because He will never disappoint.

What or who are you disenchanted with?  I challenge you to seek God’s perspective.

Lord, help each of us to filter our thoughts, feelings, and actions through your instructions in Micah 6:8.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

5 Replies

  1. Thank you for the blog post idea. My planned post idea went awry (totally my fault), which meant I had no idea what to post about today until I read your blog title. POW! Idea. Post written, I came back to read what you’d written. I especially liked point 2 – that is a prayer I’m saying often (daily?). Good reminder that no matter who we are disenchanted with, ourselves or others, God never disappoints. ~Nita

    1. Jennifer White

      Nita. You hit the nail on the head on being disenchanted with ourselves and God never disappoints! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. First time here…reading this was a joy!

    1. Jennifer White

      thank you mam! i’m so glad you stopped by!

  3. roseeagle854

    Your article on disenchantment hit home. It’s something I am struggling with. But I have found that God is the only one I can truly turn to, the only one I can really trust, the only one that will always be there and I am leaning more on Him. And I wouldn’t trade my new-found closeness to God for anything in the world..