Ever just have one of those days? You don’t feel well. Or you’re in pain. Or your loved one is sick. Or your child is struggling in school. Or the bills are piling up. OR all of the above?
When feeling discouraged and cast down, sometimes its good to have a friend to talk to, some up beat music to listen to or an outlet for frustration like sports or art. Or, you just want to get away – hike in the woods, or go to the beach. Those things are all fine, but they’re not the cure for discouragement.
Discouraged can be used both as an adjective or a verb. I googled it and found this definition for its use as an adjective: having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened. Just beneath, I found the definition for its use as a verb: to cause someone to lose confidence or enthusiasm OR to persuade someone against an action.
I’ve definitely lost confidence in my circumstances and goals before. And it’s not easy to snap out of. Today, God reminded me that the cure for this discouragement is found in His word. Using a concordance, I found scriptures that contained the words discouraged, disheartened, cast down or their synonyms. I will share a few here:
Deut 1:21 See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Job 22:29 When men are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’ then he will save the downcast.
Psalm 42:5-6 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and 6 my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon–from Mount Mizar.
Psalm 120:1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me.
These verses help remind me that the God I serve is mighty. He is there to help me and that I can cry out to Him. No, not every solution will be quick. But still, I can stand strong. I hope that next time I am feeling down, I can remember to turn to scripture before anything else.
In this way, I will be more prepared to take in the benefits of other uplifting efforts – including hearing that still, small voice.