Let’s face it, we’ve all been to the well of discouragement.
We drink from this well from time to time.
Discouragement is alive and well in this world.
It can hit us at anytime and any place, especially when we aren’t looking for it…most of the time, unless we’re a glutton for punishment, we don’t go looking for trouble and/or disappointment.
Pick Your Poison:
-We find discouragement when:
-our friends let us down.
-our workplace and those we work with treat us poorly.
-there is added stress at home.
-our kids act out or are struggling, or are rebellious.
-our health or the health of loved ones is in question.
-we are stressed out with the responsibilities of life and work and the ever increasing “to do” list seems to never end.
-when depression hits.
-when we are in a financial mess.
-when, when, when….
I don’t say this to further discourage you today, I say this because we MUST face reality – Discouragement is often times unavoidable.
– BUT –
We don’t have to live there.
We don’t have to continually drink from this well and let it further poison our faith, our relationships, our lives. We can find hope in the midst of discouragement!
Question: How do we find this hope even when we are discouraged?
Here are 4 Answers:
1. Don’t Quit!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Discouragement will tell you to just quit.
It may try and convince you that you’re not strong enough or good enough or healthy enough, and that you should just quit. – DON’T! Don’t give up, don’t quit, don’t let the lie saturate your faith and hope. FIGHT!
You WILL see better days again!
You WILL survive this season of discouragement.
You WILL find happiness and hope again!
2. Walk By Faith, Not By Sight!
“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:7
The Apostle Paul and the early Church faced many obstacles, frustrations, persecution and extreme discouragement – yet they did not quit. Why? Because their mission and purpose was bigger than they were!
In this faith, we have been given a very large mission and purpose, and it’s bigger than we are! We are called to this higher purpose and with that we drink from a well that provides us with life, strength and hope! Although we can’t see what tomorrow holds, and all we might be seeing right now is this discouragement in our lives, we can boldly step forward and onward because we know WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE! With this knowledge firmly in grasp, we can survive these days of discouragement! We cannot allow discouragement to dictate what our next steps will be! Don’t allow it hold you captive – Christ can and will break these chains in your life! Simply (although it isn’t always so simple, this we all know) trust in Him! Cry out to the Father! Ask for His Holy presence to guide and sustain you! It may be hell right now, but you can keep going because you have this amazing faith to rely on!
3. No Pain, No Gain!?! -Right?!
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” -1 Corinthians 9:24
This is about holiness, about Christ-likeness, but this is also about striving beyond our discouragements and pains and into something eternally worth-while! We will face opposition, pain and discouragement! We will endure hardships, stresses, sleepless nights and pain, but we MUST gut it out! We must persevere beyond the turmoil and the pain. When we keep going through perseverance, we will rediscover the hope that His holy presence has placed in our lives! Keep going, keep on – His well of living water will restore your discouraged life!
- He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
(“He Giveth more grace” -by Annie Flint)
4. The Source Of Our HOPE is External not Internal!
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
When we are facing our struggles and discouragements and troubles, we might only be seeing that which frustrates and defeats us. We might be treading water but our eyes are only focused on the strong currents of those waters as they attempt to pull us under. We might be missing the strong hand of the rescuer as He attempts to pull us up out of those depths. The source of our salvation doesn’t come from ourselves, although at times we try and fool ourselves into thinking that WE have it all under control. -That WE don’t need rescuing. -That WE don’t need help period. Sure, help is for the weak, for the helpless, but we’re not helpless, we’re strong – we’re almost superhuman. NEWSFLASH: We aren’t superhuman. We need help! We need continual saving. We need His source and supply of strength, hope, glory, grace, endurance.
-Does God still supply your needs?
-Are you trusting in Him to be there for you?
-Are you allowing Him access to your life so that He can do the rescuing OR are you still attempting to control it all and save yourself?
This discouragement that you’re facing isn’t new.
Many have walked the path that you’re on right now.
Many have survived – and so can you!
Don’t simply rely on your own strength to just “survive”.
Allow God’s holy presence to be with you and to provide what you need when these days of discouragement do happen!
You aren’t alone in this battle!
He will come through for you even in the midst of the storms that you are facing right now.
Take heart, the Lord is with you!
Dear Lord, I cannot see this path that I am on right now.
All I can see are the crashing waves that are about to envelop me.
I confess that I have often attempted to take control of my life while failing to include you in it.
I am often times stubborn and I fail to ask you for your help.
Be with me today. Help me. Guide me. It is your strength that I seek, your wisdom that I need.
Deliver me from these waves of discouragement, I want to drink deeply of your living water again today.
In your name I pray these things. -Amen.
Something more to ponder today.
To God be the glory!