What To When Discouraged
Posted: Friday, August 28
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Verse of the day:
Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God. (Psalm 42:5-6)
Have you ever felt discouraged? Maybe you’ve felt frustrated because you kept trying and trying but things didn’t improve. Or, you may have given a relationship your all and things didn’t work out. It is not uncommon to feel discouragement in regards to your job, interpersonal relationships, family, finances, or even ministry. You see, to feel discouraged is to feel deprived of confidence, hopeless, defeated and/or disheartened.
Discouragement is one of the most effective weapons Satan will ever use against you. Why? Because it leads you to lose heart in what you’ve been doing and it leads you to grow critical of others. It leads you to focus on your problems rather than on God’s power. Furthermore, it makes you keenly aware of what you don’t have rather than appreciating all you do possess.
The author of Psalm 42 also struggled with discouragement and he gives us some great advice regarding how to deal with feeling discouraged. According to Psalm 42:5-6, the first step to overcome discouragement is to recognize that you’re feeling discouraged and to confront yourself regarding why you are feeling that way. The second step is to seek God Himself instead of spending too much time trying to feel better.