Discouraged and Defeated?
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; Selah. I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” Psalm 55:4-8
Discouragement is a real problem. Discouraged people would rather sleep then face one more discouragement. Why would a person get so discouraged that they would choose to just lie down and sleep? They are tired. Those who have graced others mistakes and sins without seeing any change, get tired. Then discouragement, which is the opposite of encouragement, sets in. We can not afford to go a day without encouragement. It is water to the thirsty soul. (Ps. 107:9)
Discouragement is much like taking a nap; it seems ok, and even justified because you are tired. But, in this day and time it is a trap of the enemy. Don’t give in. People who are weary many times do not recognize the enemy’s trap until they have stumbled and fallen into it.
If you have been discouraged and slumbering, wake up to the goodness of God. You don’t want to miss out on seeing His mighty hand as He intervenes in your situation. We are in the time in history that we must stay awake, watch, and pray. God’s hand is not too short; He will come and He will save you no matter what situation you are facing.
Instead of giving into discouragement, begin speaking the truth into the situation. Then stand back and see the salvation of the Lord. Remember, don’t’ give in to discouragement; it is not your friend.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. Psalm 55: 22-23.
Written by Denise Boggs