Discouragement and Bitterness
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-5
There are some things we all want and some things we don't get and the bigger the disappointment, the more your world is shaken. I got angry, bitter and even felt like a failure. We all react in different ways.
My frustrations seemed like a valid excuse to hide from mentors, stop going to church, seclude ourselves and to hide. Withdrawing myself from all support and I even stopped praying. Whether it was from discouragement or just complacency, I was at a turning point in my life and I knew it. The bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” -1 Peter 5:7 I am sure that scripture stands also for the times that we don’t feel like it.
Let me share this with you, Discouragement is a thief! It steals your vitality, your zeal, your joy, your peace, and your contentment. If discouragement dwells long with you, its friends will soon join. Their names are fatigue, hopelessness, despair, self-pity, depression, doubt, and bitterness. Sometimes, discouragement can be so strong that you even don't want to go on living.
It takes real spiritual maturity to stay faithful when things go wrong, but severing our relationship with God and the people He places in our life doesn’t do anything but punish us. I have a mentor whom I care for about a great deal and for weeks and weeks I avoided talking to her. Maybe because I knew she would tell me the truth about my situation and I didn’t want to hear it. Maybe I avoided her because I didn’t want to feel loved and supported. I had every excuse to not talk with her when in reality if I would have went to her I know she could help me. When I finally called her she knew I had been avoiding her and she asked me if it helped me. Of course the answer was no because I needed her input, I needed her support and for her to share constructive wisdom in truth and love with me but I was hiding from it. I will just tell you now, That’s self-destructive behavior! I needed to return to my friend and in the same way the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15:11-32 teaches us that God always wants us to come back to him.
The Bible says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). Some of God’s most faithful followers have suffered great pain and limitations, but they learned to use their affliction constructively.
We need hope and peace and the knowledge that the Lord knows our troubles has great concern and compassion for us and is not leaving us unloved and uncared for.
Keeping our eyes on Jesus is the best way to be encouraged and sometimes it takes a friend to remind us of God’s many blessings in life regardless of our current circumstances.
So let me encourage you now-
It is In Him you will have comfort and peace and encouragement. Find Him and His words, and By Faith rest in Him. You don't have to live alone! You don't have to weep in solitude! You have the body of Christ to lift you up! You have the Word of God to teach you! You have the Holy Spirit indwelling in you who warms your soul!
You need to trust, remember the Lord's blessings, depend on Him and keep your eyes on Jesus and Him alone.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest," -Matthew 11:28