Don't Be Discouraged
"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14 NKJV How hard is it to wait for something that you cannot see? Better yet, how hard is it to believe that good is coming when your situation seems so bleak? I admit, I struggle with this. Perhaps it comes when you study very hard for a test and don’t do very well on it. Others times it comes when there is a certain thing you really want to happen, but it just seems like things won’t fall into place. It just seems like there is no place to turn and that the end result is going to be bad.
It is very easy to get discouraged and not know what to do when this happens. So, how can you avoid becoming downtrodden? You can take courage in the fact that God is perfect, and has a perfect will for your life. You can be assured that you will see the glory and goodness of The Lord in His time. And don’t be afraid to tell God where you are. Tell Him that you aren’t sure why things are happening, or that you are nervous about what is going to happen next because you don’t know. Ask Him for strength to carry on. He wants us to do that.
Only when we come to Him and ask can He give us answers. And He will absolutely give us answers, just as soon as it is right for us to know. When things start going south, or the outcome of a circumstance seems unclear, trust that The Lord has you in His hand and nothing will ever be able to remove you from His hand. We are promised that The Lord will work out all things for our good. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
I encourage you to remember this verse, and when the trials of life head your way, and the future seems so blurry, use it to encourage yourself that be the God Who created you loves you and will strengthen you to see His glory in the land of the living.
Lord, help me to be honest with You about my fears and doubts. Help me to pray where I am at so you can bring me to where I need to be - trusting that no matter what I face that You have a plan, and that Your plans are always for my good, and Your glory. Amen