Monday, September 13, 2010


Discourages (discouragement) is defined as: to deprive of courage or confidence: dishearten

There are many stories/events throughout the Bible and history where discouragement threatens to take over life.

  • Abraham and Sarah and their failure to conceive
  • Joseph, while in prison, waiting to be remembered
  • Moses- leading the Israelites around the desert
  • Peter when he denied Jesus three times
  • Paul, as he sits in prison after prison and deals with people who were hard-hearted
  • Jews in concentration camps as they waited...
  • Families who wait for word from (or about) their loved ones in another country/city/state after a crisis
  • Tami Grandi.. and I know that every single person can add your name and situation to this list as well.
Habakkuk certainly knew about discouragement. He put out two complaints to the Lord and had responses from the Lord. After the second response came a prayer and then--- a rejoicing in the Lord

Habakkuk 3:17-19-

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

So, even in the midst of realizing that life is falling apart- that he is living in his Plan B- he chose to rejoice- to find joy in God!

The flip-side of discouragement is hope. Merriam-Webster defines hope as: to expect with confidence (aka TRUST)

  • Abraham and Sarah conceived Isaac and from that baby came a great legacy
  • Joseph was eventually remembered and because of his great trust in the Lord he was given a gift that allowed him to save many people.
  • Moses never led the Israelites to the Promised Land but he saw/experienced the Lord in amazing ways.
  • Peter turned the grief he felt at his denial and became a follower of Christ who gave up EVERYTHING.
  • Paul wrote letter to churches in the midst of his imprisonments that contain encouragement and truths we can live by today
To me, hope is the trusting that my expectations are going to happen. They may not happen the way I want them to happen BUT they will happen based on God's leading in my life and that is all I need.

Psalm 126:8- "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy."

Psalm 130:5-6 "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord..."


Bill (cycleguy) said...

Good thoughts here oldest daughter! It is when we have no where else to go and no one else to cling to that we realize we have and need no one else...but God.

Ike said...

These bad things happened to you because I intend to work it together for your good (Romans 8).
These happened so that you would rely more on God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1).
This happened so that the gold and silver of your faith would be refined (1 Peter 1).
This thorn is so that the power of Christ would be magnified in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12).

God cannot make plain all he is doing, because there are millions and millions and millions and millions of effects of every event in our lives, the good and the bad. God guides them all. They all have micro purposes and macro purposes. He cannot tell us all of them because our brains can’t hold all of them.
Trust does not demand more than God has told us. And he has given us immeasurably precious promises that he is in control of all things and only does good to his children. And he has given us a very thick book where we can read story after story after story about how he rules for the good of his people.