And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Gal 6:9)~~ Have you ever been tempted to lose heart because God didn’t answer a critical prayer for you? You know, something urgent—and even something that you knew was God’s will? If prayers are going to be unanswered, then why pray? Seemingly unanswered prayers often rattle our faith. They shouldn’t, but they do. When this happens, we are tempted to lose heart. We are discouraged. Discouragement neutralizes optimism, assassinates hope, and erases courage. Unresolved discouragement and disillusionment soon replace faith and expectancy. Unprocessed discouragement results in mistrust. And it is at this critical point that the enemy of our souls has us exactly where he wants us. Paralyzed in unbelief from the neck down, our eyes see and our minds know what we ought to believe, but the faith of our hearts lies frozen. And a subtle mistrust of God sets in. Disheartened, we passively allow other weeds to sprout. Discouragement creates fertile soil for the weeds of doubt, fear, unbelief, and compromise to grow.
What do we need to overcome discouragement?
- First, be truthful with God. God is not fooled by our lofty prayers, when deep inside we’re hurting.
- God is able to handle our emotions. Be honest. Share your grief with the One who knows you best.
It’s normal to get discouraged, but it’s not acceptable to stay discouraged. With a heart of faith, look beyond your circumstances and your emotions to God who will renew you day by day. Realize that hardship is what God uses to perfect our faith (Romans 5:1-10). And remember, God promises “… we shall all reap if we do not grow weary.” My friend, the tomb is empty—Jesus Christ is alive—He is the One who can lift up heavy hands or a burdened heart. God has given us a life that is going to have times of discouragement and disappointment but in Him we will find peace, fulfillment and satisfaction. The alternative to disappointment with God seems to be disappointment without God.” The uncertainty of life can only be handled by a tough, resilient and persistent faith in a God who knows what He is doing!