You worked hard on writing the perfect blog post. 3 people read it. Three. And one of them isn’t even your mom. Maybe you’ve been diligently putting in hours and hours on this big project at work and your boss doesn’t even notice. Perhaps you’ve been looking for work and can’t seem to find it. Or your marriage is struggling. Discouraged?
It’s Christmastime, and while the whole world is feeling jolly with Old Saint Nick, you’re feeling all “BAH! HUMBUG!” We all have times, even seasons, in our lives when we struggle. The struggles can cover a wide array of things: marriage, job, faith, kids, finances, love, joy, addiction, behaviors, attitudes, the HOLIDAYS…You get the picture…YOUR struggle IS real.
Discouragement weighs us down. It’s not some momentary melancholy melodrama. It distracts us from being all that God intends us to be, drawing our eyes of Him, and unto ourselves. Nothing good usually happens when we’re in that place. There are times in our life when we are disappointed, disheartened, and discouraged. Life’s hard. Things don’t always go our way.
God knows this.
That’s why you’ll find loads of Scripture lifting you up, keeping you from climbing on that old pity pot. These verses on discouragement reveal one of the many great truths of Scripture: God intends His word to guide us, directing our paths, encouraging us by helping us focus on His goodness and faithfulness.
Here are 7 Bible verses to help heal and encourage you when you come face to face with a great big ol’ wall of discouragement:
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)
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)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (ESV)
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)
Whenever you feel insignificant, unlovable, or discouraged, don’t be dismayed. Remember whose child you are…YOU are the son/daughter of the Almighty God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Take heart, knowing that God loves you immensely more than you or I could ever fathom.
Remember, life can be a battle. Equip yourself with the protective armor of God’s Word. He is for you, not against you.
The Devotional Guy™