Discouragement weighs heavy on my shoulders. I am weary of this earthly battle with the enemy. My body aches; my emotions are spent; I am spiritually dry. LORD, O LORD, have Mercy on Your child.
I am not alone in this.
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in GOD! I will praise Him again – my Savior and my GOD!” – Psalms 42:5; 42:11; 43:5 NLT
Moses cried out to God in frustration. King David was discouraged and afraid, and cried out for deliverance and safety from his enemies. King Saul disobeyed the LORD. The phrophet Samuel cried out the the LORD in frustration.
“What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His Voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, He has rejected you as king.” – 1 Samuel 15:22-23 NLT
The LORD GOD has no patience for disobedience in His children, but He is faithful to comfort us and protect us. He answers every cry of pain, every prayer of anger and hurt and dismay. He hears us.
“But you, O LORD, are a Shield around me; You are my Glory, the ONE who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy mountain.” – Psalms 3:3-4 NLT
Even Paul, who may be be the most well known Apostle, struggled with disappointment and discouragement at times. He suffered from an unknown physical condition, and asked the LORD to take it away. Jesus cried in the garden, begging His Father to take away the punishment He was about to receive. His disciples who were with Him disappointed Him, falling asleep instead of praying as He had asked them. Every human who has ever lived, from Adam and Eve to the newest newborns, has, or will, fave discouragement and disappointment. When we try to handle it on our own, we fail dismally. Financial stability won’t keep you from being discouraged. A partner, a family, or children, won’t keep disappointment at bay.
Why am I so discouraged? Why am I so sad? I blame it ALL on the enemy of everything good, the father of lies, and the originator of everything wrong and evil in the world. There is one solution to this, and His Name is Jesus. In the words of Paul,
“And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of Salvation. And this Hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly GOD Loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His Love.” – Romans 5:4-5 NLT
Take the discouragement and move into encouragement today.
“Don’t be afraid, for I AM with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I AM your GOD. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My Victorious Right Hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 NLT