Do you ever get discouraged? Who doesn’t? Does discouragement ever result in anything good? Does it ever please God?
Discouragement is the beginning symptom of hopelessness—a place you don’t want to come to. Discouragement is a warning sign. It’s like the symptoms you feel before sickness hits. They warn you that your body is under attack and that you need to resist it. When discouragement comes, it’s time to encourage your heart in the Lord. If not it could grow to hopelessness—Satan’s greatest tool designed to get you to give up your faith and hope in God’s love and involvement in your life. That is displeasing to God and a wrecking ball slamming your life. Hebrews 10:38 (NIV) “But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”
In Jeremiah 18:12, the Lord is not pleased with His people. He is not pleased because they have quit trusting Him. That doesn’t happen quickly. It comes from experiencing a disappointment—an unmet expectation here and another there. Little by little they drifted from Him. Some stopped paying attention to His ways and drifted over to other gods because He was not moving fast enough or answering prayers in the way they wanted. Others stopped thinking about any god whatsoever. They ended up leaning on themselves for their own wisdom in everything. That will lead to a wrecking ball crumbling your life!
In Jeremiah 18:12 (TLB) we can listen in on what the Lord says to them. He is repeating their own words echoing what is coming from their hearts and mouths. “Don’t waste your breath. This is hopeless. We have no intention whatever of doing what God says. We will continue to live as we want to, free from any restraint, full of stubbornness and wickedness!”
All of us come up against tough situations at some time or another. Many of us have been in tough situations for a long time. It’s easy to get discouraged at times like that. But hopelessness has to be resisted. We have to believe God to show us a way—to make a way. No one that has faith in God’s Word and truly seeks Him becomes hopeless. He reveals himself to the one who lives by faith and who is a seeker of God. To a person who lives by faith and truly seeks God, God does not live in the shadows. He is not hidden. He is not far away. God reveals Himself to a seeker. He reveals Himself through His Word, through a Pastor, through prayer, through answer to prayer, and through other seekers of God.
Draw near to God today. Cry to Him from your heart, but not out of hopelessness or desperation, but from faith knowing He loves you, cares for you, and desires to help and lead you! Ask Him to lead you through His Word and speak to your heart. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” He is our blessed hope in all things! As Psalms 9:10 (NKJV) says, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Hopelessness leads to deception and displeases God. Faith pleases God! It is your choice. Make the right one!
Ask Him to send those that know Him to speak into your life. Don’t forsake the process of seeking Him. It’s not something you can delegate. As
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) “…God has said, “NEVER will I leave you; NEVER will I forsake you.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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