Friday, February 22, 2008

Hope in Discouragement

A story was once told of a man lost in the desert. He had been out of food and water for days. His lips were swollen, his tongue was swollen and he was all beaten up and bloody. Some of his bones were peeking through. He had been scraped and beaten up by cactus, sun, and sand. He was blistered. As he was crawling over this little hill, he came across a small plant and propped himself up on one bloody elbow. He looked down at the plant and said, “You know, if things keep going like this, I might get discouraged.”

It is part of our human condition that we will grow discouraged from time to time. Perhaps we have experienced disappointment in our families or relationships. Perhaps we let the evil condition of the word get us down. Maybe, we just get beaten down with the rat race of life and grow discouraged because it seems that things will not get better and we will continually live with frustration.

A sure help for times of discouragement is to remove our focus from how small we are in the midst of life’s storms to how big God is. It is because of God’s greatness that we can be encouraged even though life is difficult. We can be encouraged because even though our problems may be big, our God is so much bigger. Isaiah wrote to a discouraged people of the greatness of God and how He is a sure hope for those who are down.

They will see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you. (Is. 35:2-4)

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