Have you ever been discouraged about a situation in your life?
I have. And, friend, let me tell you. Discouragement is one of these worst feelings in the world you will ever experience. Maybe not the worst. But, it’s up there. Pretty close to ‘hangry’, actually. Kidding.
Joking aside, the enemy of our soul loves for us to become discouraged. When we become discouraged, we’re disheartened. We lack enthusiasm. And we lose hope.
Feeling down and out?
You see, friend, discouragement is one of those tools the Devil has in his bag of tricks that he uses to make us lose focus on things above. The Devil paints us such a menacing picture of our situation never changing, that we lost hope in the One that holds the future and we lose hope of a brighter day.
But, the adversary of our soul is not the only one with a bag of tools used for fighting. We, too, have a sword for combat. The Bible, the book of truth.
1 Samuel 30 tells us of a time in King David’s life when he was greatly discouraged. He and his troops just returned home from fighting a battle and suddenly found that everyone and everything that was left behind while they were off fighting was kidnapped or stolen. That’s enough to make anyone distressed. And because David was in charge, his life was threatened by the very people he had just lead to victory in battle. Talk about losing hope and being disheartened, right? Pretty plain to see that David was in a state of discouragement.
Don’t be discouraged! Hope in the Lord!
But, David knew were his hope and salvation came from. So, he cried unto God and encouraged himself in the Lord. Because David trusted and inquired of the Lord, pretty soon, the Lord allowed restoration of everything missing and lost.
And, friend, we, too, can absolutely be like David. As children of God, we have the privilege to cry out to the Lord for help and encourage ourselves in Him. The Bible is full of encouragement and promises from God that we can stand upon when times get tough.
He will never leave us.
Jesus will never forsake us.
He has promised to be with us even until the ends of the earth.
There is hope for a brighter day.
Do you know someone who needs a little bit of encouragement today? Print these five encouragement cards and give them to your friends! Or stick them around your space as a daily reminder of the hope we have in Christ. They’re even the perfect size to use as a post card. And who doesn’t love happy mail?
Be encouraged, friend.
Brighter days are ahead!