When You Are Discouraged

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalms 34:17-19 NKJV)

Ever get discouraged?

I sure do. In fact I woke up this morning feeling discouraged.

It feels like the world is against me, and I’m overcome with feelings of “nobody really likes me.” Sometimes I get discouraged because of my past regrets, and sometimes I get discouraged because God so clearly has not answered my prayers and cries for help, when and the way I want.

And honestly, I get discouraged when I put too much trust in people and expect them to do or say something that I’ve been longing to hear.

Discouragement is a real feeling, and it’s a real tool of the enemy to come against the child of God. If you let it sink in, discouragement will press you down, and it can hinder you from doing what the Lord has called you to do.

What do you do?

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The Great Exchange Artist

to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;
o comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:2-3 ESV)

The Lord is the greatest exchange artist. I know people that will trade you something good in exchange for something good. I even know people that will give you something for nothing in return.

But I have never met anyone on this Earth that will give you all their beauty in exchange for your filthy ashes. Nope, not one. They might give you something beautiful but say, “Just keep your ashes please, I don’t want those. Those things are nasty.”

However, I know Someone

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Time For Him

Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. (1 Peter 5:7 TLB)

We will make time for those who are important to us. While this is not a hard and set fast rule, it’s true for most people. I have at times tried to plan on spending time with someone who continually put me off, but I would see them doing things with others. They would proclaim “I’m busy” when in truth they were too busy for me.

Ever felt like you were unimportant to someone?

I know Someone who

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