I’ve had some discouraging days. Days full of confusing circumstances and people who just don’t get it. Sometimes I think, Oh, it’s just one day, I’m sure tomorrow will be better, but then tomorrow comes and it’s no different. The same circumstances present themselves and the same people don’t seem to go away. And then the next day comes and sooner than I know it, it’s already been weeks of living with a discouraged heart. Discouragement happens to me when things aren’t going exactly how I think they should go. I’m not saying that I want things to go my way, that’s not it at all. I truly do want what God wants, but when things don’t go how I think He would want them to go, I get discouraged. I reach a standstill, and for some reason my feet won’t move. My heart seems empty and my head is so full that it can’t hear itself think.
Discouragement is an attack – a spiritual attack.
I’ve posed the following question to several people.
Can we ever be at a standstill in our spiritual lives?
I talk it through with them, discussing the different sides. Sometimes I don’t agree with them, sometimes they don’t agree with me. But every time I come to the same conclusion. We can’t be at a standstill. It’s not possible. I am either running to the open arms of Jesus Christ or I am running away. There isn’t a crossroads in spiritual growth. Sure, we make decisions. That’s different. But when it comes to taking a break from an eternal perspective on life, it just can’t happen. We can’t be blah. If we are, well then we are running the wrong way.
Discouragement quite frankly is terrible, especially when all you want is to do what is acceptable in the Lord’s sight. We must fight discouragement. We must know that if tomorrow comes it can and it should and it will be better. We must serve our King daily, fighting discouragement with prayer and praise.
If you’ve been discouraged like me, let me encourage you.
Turn your thoughts to Christ.
Is there one better than our Savior?
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever. Psalm 121
Discouragement doesn’t have to hold us down. Sometimes it is inevitable. Sometimes it is God testing us to see who we will choose in the midst of less than desirable circumstances. But however discouragement is presented in our lives, we must look up, choosing to become more like Christ instead of choosing to ignore what He is doing in our lives.
Whether it’s God telling you to wait or family members who aren’t the most supportive, nothing will change our God’s character. He is good. He is just. And He is our everlasting help. Let discouragement happen, but don’t let it get the best of you. The Lord has called you to serve where you are right now. Don’t let discouragement get in the way of what He is trying to teach you. Don’t let it affect the people the Lord has called you to minister to. He has called you to something great and will protect you from all evil. Call on Him through your days of discouragement and prove to Him that you trust Him in all things. He has a perfect plan.
Be encouraged, brother and sister.
He is ALL you need.