Squeezed by Discouragement (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 111)
Psalm 34:18 (NLT)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Discouragement is a common ailment for all people. Even the best people feel like throwing in the towel at times. We’ve all had the feeling of being squeezed — when we’re mentally, emotionally, and even, spiritually spent. This feeling can make us believe we are all alone and that no one will understand. Discouragement is a part of life, but we do not have to wallow in it.
The Bible tells us that God is close to those who feel like giving up. He is right there to rescue us when we are downtrodden and defeated. He does not want us to linger in the throes of discouragement. Allowing ourselves to stay in such a mindset can be costly. It takes up a lot of time and hinders us from pursuing God’s will. It destroys our energy, ruins our vision, and blinds us to hope that is still available.
God does not want us to live discouraged and defeated lives. He understands that feeling down warrants comfort, and He also knows that sometimes that same feeling calls for tough encounters with divine grace. You do not have to face your problems alone. God is there to go through whatever you’re going through with you. He gives us strength not to run from our fears, but to face them with courage.
Choose to focus on the truth of God rather than what you may be feeling. God’s Word is always the same. It is true, whole, and solid. It offers strength to the weary, joy to the sad, and victory to those who are defeated. Let your mind rest in the fact that God has your back. If you let Him, He will give you a new outlook on life and new grasp of the power He has placed in all of us. Every discouragement we face summons the Creator of the Universe to our aid.
“The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.”
— Warren Wiersbe