Do Not Be Discouraged

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5)

There are many things that can cause us to become discouraged. All we have to do is turn on the news or listen to the radio and hear reports about rising food costs, homelessness, a worse pandemic coming, violence and crime in different cities, war in different areas of the world, and the list goes on. For many, they don’t have to go very far to experience discouragement. They can see it within their own lives with family problems, an ill relative, loss of a loved one, financial problems, a loved one lost to addiction, etc. Sometimes the situation can seem so devastating that discouragement hovers over them, telling them things like:

Discouragement can weigh us down, making it impossible to even look up. Sometimes people’s words can cause us to be discouraged when they speak disheartening words instead of words of hope.

No matter what you are going through, always remember you serve a God of hope. He is the God of the impossible:

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24 states

We may not receive everything we pray for, but we can take heart in knowing that God will give us what we need most. When our hope is in the Lord, we can have confidence in knowing that He will give us His very best for our situation. He will supply strength, endurance, comfort and peace. When we keep our mind on Christ, He will provide that perfect peace.

3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

The enemy will try to utilize our difficult situations to discourage us and cause us to think there is no answer to our problem. But this is where we have to tighten our helmet of salvation, raise our shield of faith and draw our sword of the Spirit and battle those thoughts in the name of Jesus.

When discouragement knocks on your door, refuse to open it and allow Jesus to take care of it. Trust in the one who created you, died for you and loves you. He will provide that perfect peace in the midst of the storm.