For The Discouraged


Are you discouraged today?

Have things not worked out the way you had hoped? Does some problem linger unsolved? Is your relationship with that person you love keep falling apart instead being healed? Are you battling a sickness that seems to keep hanging on despite all the treatments?  Do you feel like you are going nowhere in your career? Does it seem like you are overlooked and not appreciated?

Maybe I didn’t mention the reason for your discouragement specifically, but you find yourself discouraged today nonetheless.  And you’re searching for anything at this moment which would give you hope.

Take heart. I prayed for you this morning around 8:15-8:20.  I didn’t know your name or your exact situation. But I felt prompted in my heart and mind to bring you to God’s attention.

And then He prompted me to let you know that He knows your name… your situation… your hurt… your weariness.  And He wants you to have courage.  Have courage in the fact that He is at work even if it doesn’t look like it right now. He has all power… all ability to fix what is broken… all knowledge of what others have done to you.

You may not think you have what it takes. That’s okay. You don’t have to. He’s got you covered.

You might say, “But Allen, I’m not a Jesus-follower. Surely God is not interested in helping me.  Why would He have you write this for me when I don’t even love Him or obey Him?” Simple… He loves you regardless. Let that give you even more courage today.

I’ll leave you with the verse from the graphic attached to this post.  It comes from the book of Joshua in the Bible, chapter 1 and verse 9.  Joshua was about to face one of the greatest challenges of his life, and the Lord spoke these words to him.  I believe He’s speaking them to your heart right now, too, as you read them…

This is My command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 | NLT)

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