It was Easter this year that my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. Fourteen weeks later, he passed away and met his Savior face-to-face. It was so unexpected—an overall healthy 79 year old man. He loved and served Jesus, taught Sunday School for over 35 years, distributed Gideon Bibles, and shared the Gospel everywhere he went.
We’ve all had those moments in life and ministry—those things that catch us by surprise and take our breath away. We question why certain things happen and who is to blame?
We try to keep going and stay in sync with our normal life. Yet, sometimes we feel life is going on without us.
Whatever times of discouragement you and I face, there are some good things to remember that help us weather the storms.
1. Stay in communication with the Lord. Pour out your hurt, pain and disappointment to His throne. Have a regular time and place to talk to the One that knows all about you.
2. Keep doing the right thing no matter what you feel. Keep praying, loving, helping, thanking…
Daniel from the Bible prayed faithfully. After a decree was made requiring that no one pray to anyone except the king, the Scripture says, “He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done” (Dan. 6:10 NLT).
3. Don’t run when things get tough. God grows us and speaks to us through the pain. CS Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, but He shouts to us in our pains.”
4. Realize things come to pass. Hold on to hope.
“God’s eye is on those who respect Him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times…” (Ps. 33:18-19 MSG)
5. Trust God in your situation. God is good always. He has a plan for our lives.
His promise to us is, “My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.” (Isa. 54:10 NKJV)
6. Encourage yourself and someone else. Be an encourager. When you are lonely, sad or down, give to someone else. Send a note or text, give a gift or hug, and pray for someone else and their troubles.
7. Live life with the right margin. What has God put in your hands in this season of your life? Be about our Father’s business, along with good rest, exercise and eating well.
8. Fight the enemy. Realize that when things are at another level, the enemy is the source of your discouragement. Put on your spiritual armor and go to battle with prayer, fasting, and God’s Word.
Whatever discouragement you may be facing today, my prayer for you is that the God of all comfort will comfort you, give you inner strength, fill you with His peace, and show you how much He dearly loves you and will bring you to the other side of discouragement to encouragement!