It seems that the closer I get to making progress in something, the more I get discouraged by some random thought, situation, or word spoken by a friend or family member. Yikes! Learning to deal with discouragement is an ongoing challenge. It seems to come in all sizes and from multiple directions, especially when we’re seeking the will of God for our lives.
Do you find this to be true in your own life?
Perhaps it’s a comment made by a trusted friend. Maybe it’s a circumstance, or a feeling that stems from a wound from our past. It could be our very own voice inside saying “you can’t do that!”, when your heart is whispering “I think I can.”
We can overcome feelings of discouragement when we remember that God is both with us and for us. As believers, we belong to Him. God knows we will face obstacles, trials, and discouraging situations as we pursue His purpose and presence in our lives. I love the account of Joshua, in the Old Testament, where he was charged by God to take the Israelites into the promise land. God knew this was a huge undertaking and that Joshua would face discouragement along the way, so he told him (as he still tells each one of us the same today)…
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)