There’s the waitress who didn’t get a tip after serving that large group of people. Or the college graduate who can only find a job making minimum wage. Or the author who can’t seem to sell enough books. They all have one thing in common. Discouragement.
A lot of us are in the same boat. We continually ask why me or why not me? It seems like it’s those who do ungodly things that get ahead while those of us pray, help, or work in His name only get shoved under.
It’s easy to get disheartened when you feel like you’re losing.
At these times, we need to keep our hope in Jesus. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. It might seem that others who don’t believe are getting ahead, while we continually struggle. But our joy should come in the Lord, not our circumstances.
You’re not alone when you feel like there should be more. Everyone gets depressed at one time or another. Even David. In Psalm 147, he’d just lost everything. You can hear the pain through his words. Moses also. He was surrounded by a bunch of whiners. No matter what he did, it never seemed good enough. And can you imagine how Moses felt when God told him in Numbers 20:12, “… you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Talk about discouragement.
If I get up just one less time than the number of times I’ve been knocked down, I have done one of the most devastating things possible; I have halted my life at that very spot. – Craig D. Lounsbrough, Professional Counselor, https://www.craiglpc.com
I’m not sure some days why God gave me this path I’m on, but there is a reason. I just need to want for His will to be done in my life. And you should too, whether you are a college graduate working in a terrible job or the mother of a sick child.
No matter how discouraged you get, there’s a reason God is putting you through this season. Regarding my circumstances, it’s probably to keep me humble. I know my head can get big at times. I think by making me work harder, God’s keeping my ego in check.
How about you? What gets you discouraged these days? Do you see a reason God might be putting you through this trial?
I pray whatever you might be going through goes quickly. Don’t lose hope. Jesus is right there beside you, cheering you on.
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