Sometimes I get crazy-discouraged.
Sometimes I get so frustrated at the world (or myself) that sit in my squalor and I let the negativity wash over me: “You aren’t good enough. You’ll never have friends. You will never find love. You are such a loser. No one likes spending time with you.”
And I attempt to shut it out, to evade reality and slip into the presence of the Lord. It is there that I am unbridled by fear and sin and pride. It is there that I am refreshed and renewed.
See, I wanted to write a post today about discouragement. So here I am. And it’s not sounding at all like I thought it would. As a Christian, it is so incredibly easy to belittle the feeling of discouragement. I mean, people around the world are sick and dying and being murdered. Here? “Well, I’m pretty safe and secure, but I do feel pretty bummed out.” See how that sounds? It’s safe to say that a lot of us bottle up those feelings and give up on achieving godly confidence.
But I want to share something with you that the Lord showed me today: Having peace is not the same as giving up. It’s radically different, and radically better! The Bible tells us to surrender to Christ, but never to the pressures of this world. That means drawing near to the Prince of Peace who is greater than any pressure or pain of the world around us.
It’s easier said than done, but you can begin to have peace over your situation with small steps. When you feel the sadness crashing over you, rebuke it in the name of God. Speak scripture to yourself. Remind yourself (out loud!) that you have peace in Christ, and because He is Lord over your life, you don’t need to worry about the outcome of your situation. He is for you!
The Creator and God of the universe deeply loves you. And as wise old David said: He is our helper (Psalm 12:10) and our deliverer (Psalm 18:2). Let that knowledge drive you toward the cross and away from discouragement.
In every area of my life, I’ve seen that the Lord is faithful. But that doesn’t mean I remember it all the time. Reading scripture; praying with other believers and singing songs of praise, are all great reminders. The Lord your God is for you, my friend. So do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged (Joshua 1:9). He brings joy and renewal to the weary, and He will lead you through whatever discouragement you may be going through right now.