Discouragement Can’t Remain
Daily Devotional for June 20th
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
If we are all completely honest, we can all admit there are times when we become very discouraged as a child of God. Discouragement can come from a variety of places. When you’ve prayed about a certain situation and it has not yet come to fruition, we can become discouraged and frustrated. When you’re trying with all of your might to live committed to God and the world misunderstands you, criticizes you, or persecutes you, you can become discouraged.
When discouragement sets in on you, your spiritual life is affected. Your prayer life will be attacked. If Satan can get your eyes distracted from the Lord, then discouragement is on its way to you. God has revealed to those who serve Him that discouragement will come. You can expect it! It doesn’t come from God though; it comes from Hell. Although we may not be able to prevent discouragement from settling on us at times, there is a remedy for it; and that is, God Himself will strengthen you.
David faced many hard times in his life. Most of them came simply due to the fact that He chose to life for God. Do you realize that Satan seeks those who are walking in victory in Jesus? If you are a committed Christian, then Satan will try his best to buffet you. But we have strong consolation though. David said in Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. When discouragement sets in on you, God will lift your head friend. Although you may not be able to receive encouragement from anywhere else, God will encourage you!
If you are in a time of discouragement in your life today, then spend some time just sharing your heart with the Lord. Peter said Casting all your care upon Him, for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7. God told Isaiah that He Himself would strengthen him. God Himself will help you! He will uphold you! Discouragement may come, but it cannot remain. It cannot continue! In God’s presence is fullness of Joy! Fall down before Him pouring the depths of your heart out to Him! He will strengthen and encourage!