ENCOURAGEMENT—Arrives After Discouragement

The relief section in your local pharmacy has multiple selections for pain, allergies, etc., but none for discouragement.

God gives us several thoughts on conquering disheartenment. Joshua, the successor of Moses, experienced it. He led Israel through the Jordan River, marched around Jericho, and watched their walls crumble. Then came Ai. Joshua and Israel ignored the Lord’s directions. The defeat came and then dismay. 

Sometimes, when we see the success of the wicked, discouragement comes. The righteous do the right thing, but cannot get ahead. It happens all the time. God’s people are not to put hope in prosperity, but our heavenly destination. We are to keep our eyes on the Lord, not man nor circumstances.

Sickness can bring us to the lowest of lows. The misery of ills can cause a man to fall into despair. Why is God permitting this, we ask? Sickness can be for the glory of God (John 11:4). 

Ezekiel was concerned over the spirituality of his country. He was even saying, “The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing” (Ezekiel 12:22 ESV).

Paul realized, “But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us” (II Corinthians 7:6 ESV). Later, Paul said, “I ask you not to lose heart” (Ephesians 3:13 ESV). 

When your body and heart are hurting, look to the day when God will make them better. It is helpful to remind ourselves; he is with us in all our agony. He promised never to leave us. That’s God’s word. He cannot lie to us nor back away from his word. 

Life has its unpleasantries for sure. It may seem everything is working against us. Circumstances get tough, and people are mean. However, we are never alone as believers. God is always with each of us. That’s his word.

Look on the bright side after a time of discouragement; encouragement is coming.

Author: Frank

The Christian life is an adventure. It’s also a journey. Frank’s pilgrimage has been a lifelong endeavor in helping others in their spiritual walk. His foundation of biblical communication (teaching, preaching and writing) has taken his passion to another step, blogging. It is intended that these blogs will enrich your life and it is hoped that you will pass them on to encourage others.

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