So You Are Discouraged

Posted by Student & Family Pastor JJ McLeod

There are few if any instruments in the enemy’s arsenal more damaging than discouragement. I’m talking about a discouragement that grips you in your soul; a discouragement that stands to decimate every dream, ideal, and hopeful thought you had about God, yourself and the world. This kind of despair is not uncommon; we can see it in some of the most amazing people in the Bible. Psalms 6:4-7 says: 

Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave? I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. (NIV)

This cry to God is coming from David, the same man who slew Goliath, the man who eventually became the greatest King Israel ever had, and most importantly the man whose lineage would give birth to Jesus Christ. He probably shouldn't be discouraged and yet he is worn out from all his groaning, he is crying himself to sleep at night - this man knows what it means to be discouraged. 

That's the thing about discouragement, it’s so clever and easy to believe. Think about it, generally speaking it has very good reason for being in our lives because it’s almost always based upon some legitimate failure, whether that be in character, effort, process, thinking, or anything else. For David, His discouragement was based on the fact that King Saul, with all of his resources, was trying to kill David. Now we can understand why David feels the way he does, but something happens in David’s mind and heart, he remembers who his God is. He says, "Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love." David appeals to the unfailing love that God has for him in the midst of his discouragement.

I write these words today for all those people who are out there and feel true discouragement in life. This is a plea to keep fighting. It’s a plea to keep praying. It’s a plea to keep loving and trusting that God is working everything together for the good of those who love Him. May we never let discouragement have a death grip on our soul but rather let us take hold of God and His word by faith. As we do this in the midst of our discouragement, I believe God will reveal to us that we have a hope in Him that cannot fail and joy and peace will flood our souls.