(Meditating on Psalm 43)
There have been a few times that I felt discouraged to continue writing due to the circumstances in my life. But this last time that I had felt it, I looked at it squarely in the face and asked myself, “What, really, is the reason why I am tempted to succumb to discouragement?” And when I got to the core of it, I realized that giving in to discouragement is somewhat – childish.
I know that feelings of discouragement are real. We experience them. We go through them. To be discouraged is human, but to succumb to it and make rash decisions based on it is defeatist and even selfish. Defeatist because we are actually giving in to the devil’s desire, for us to drop the things that we are doing for the glory of God, for instance. And childish and selfish because we want to nurse our feelings to the extent that we give up the things we love doing, especially those things we do in service to the Lord and our family, just because – we feel discouraged!
So, in the face of discouragements, we ask the Lord to light up our minds and hearts that we could “see” and think clearly and act wisely.
Lately, in dealing with my own feelings of discouragement (well, to be fair to my tenacious self, they don’t come without a reason, for often I am deluged by challenges and trials), the Lord’s light shone upon my heart and I came to realize that, “What if these waves of discouragement are really opportunities for me to grow and expand? What if the Lord lets them come, not for me to give up and give in, but to yield myself to His stretching of me? Because it is through His painful – yet with love as the reason – pulling, stretching, tugging, wrenching of me, that I increase?”
So therefore, by the help of the Lord, we turn these feelings of discouragement into stepping stones for us to draw nearer to Him and His will for us, and into rungs in the ladder of our faith for us to climb upon to be able to walk on the higher ground – closer to His habitation, ever nearer to His throne.You are God my stronghold… … I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight… (Ps. 43:2,4 NIV)
Linked to Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty, Titus 2sday, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, Women in the Word Wednesday, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Faith Filled Friday