What do we do when we face disappointment? All of us will face it. Even the most secure career will fail us; even the most godly husband, wife or friend will let us down; even the most carefully detailed plans will not work out as we wish.
J. C. Ryle helps us to get our perspective right when disappointment comes our way:
Oh, you who want unfailing comfort, I commend you to Christ! In Him alone there is no failure. Rich men are disappointed in their treasures. Learned men are disappointed in their books. Husbands are disappointed in their wives. Wives are disappointed in their husbands. Parents are disappointed in their children. Statesmen are disappointed when, after many a struggle, they attain place and power. They find out, to their cost, that it is more pain than pleasure, – that it is disappointment, annoyance, incessant trouble, worry, vanity, and frustration of spirit. But no man was ever disappointed in Christ.