“The Life of David” Part 8 – Handling Disappointment
When things don’t go like we want or expect, we usually have one of three responses:
A) You’re devastated – angry, consumed with sadness, paralyzed with emotion etc. OR
B) You’re in denial – don’t want to talk about it, put your head in the sand or sweep it under the rug OR
C) You embrace it – accept it, believe God is in the middle of it and is for you.
- Can you think of a time when you reacted in one of the three ways to disappointment? Would you share your story?
- How did David handle disappointment? Read 1 Chronicles 28:2-3. What did David want/expect to accomplish before the end of his life? Continue by reading vs 4. Talk about how David responded to his disappointment.
- When we experience disappointment, we have three questions to ask ourselves: (a) Where is my delight? (In what do I delight?) (b) Where is my devotion? (Am I living for God’s Kingdom or my own legacy?) and (c) What is my direction? (Where is my focus?) Read vs 5-7 and discuss how you think David would have answered the three questions. Continue by reading Ps 37:4 which was written by David, and discuss it’s meaning. Which of the above three questions seems to be the one you need to consider today?
- Finish reading 1 Chronicles 28. What other insights do you have from David’s life that could help you handle disappointments well?
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
your law is within my heart.”
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.