GIVING IN OR GROWING IN HIM?
We all have had days filled with discouragement and disappointments. Perhaps more than we care to recall. Often they are used by the devil to defeat and destroy us.
Think of discouragement. It comes from being dissatisfied with things in the past, a distaste of our present situation or quite possibly a distrust of the future. When we allow ourselves to become discouraged, we are surrendering our courage to what we have allowed to overcome us. Discouragement is a signal from God that the devil is trying to take away the hope He has given us in Christ. When we feel discouraged we need to take away the “d” and replace it with an “H” and call for “His-courage” to enable us to be victorious.
We also need to realize that our disappointments are, in fact, His-appointments! Nothing enters our life by chance – only by and through Christ. Often when things do not go as we intended them to go, we consider them to be one of life’s disappointments. However, what we need to realize is that God Himself is intervening in our life. He is attempting to get our attention. He wants us to make an adjustment to what we are doing with our lives or our thoughts or our intentions that are not in line with the plans He has for us.
Not everything that happens to us can be considered “good” at the time it happens or is happening – but, one day, everything will eventually be “good” for us.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to believe that You love us too much to abandon us, care for us too much to harm us, and too gracious to keep what we need from us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28