I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Do you ever feel tempted to give up? Perhaps, even as you’re reading this, you feel overlooked, forgotten, mistreated and you want to quit. The enemy’s goal is to get you to do just that. Discouragement is his favorite weapon.
But remember this: while disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice. Once we yield to doubt and fear, we can quickly find ourselves trapped in a web of self-pity. That’s NOT a fun party for anyone.
If you recall my previous “Life Lesson” it was on waiting. And you learned that I had waited 3 long months for the privilege of working in Nevada. Once I arrived the facility I was supposed to work in, they had hired others and forgotten about me. I was disappointed, and could have become discouraged if I didn’t have believe God’s promises.
During a very troubling time in Israel’s history, God directed Jeremiah to speak those words of hope and encouragement in Jeremiah 29 to the disheartened. If we are ever going to reach our full potential, we must fully trust God’s love for us.
God often uses trials to position us for greater blessings. Even in times of great disappointment, He has our best in mind. He knows how He wants to use the disappointment for our benefit.
When you feel tempted to yield to discouragement, go to our Father in prayer. He sees the future, and knows the direction your life will take.
If you’re in a difficult spot right now, refuse to become discouraged. Ask the Lord to reveal His will and plan for your life. Commit yourself fully to Him. God will provide for you in ways that far exceed our human understanding.
I can testify to this. After praying for understanding in my current work situation, I received a call from a facility that is a better fit for me just down the road and I will start Monday. God works in mysterious ways! Hallelujah!