Week of June 17 - June 23
Great and Awesome Lord, You know when I sit and when I rise. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. If we’re just being honest, God, I need You. Right now. I need for You to take control of my thoughts and help me to see myself and my situation through Your eyes. I am frustrated, I am overwhelmed, I’m tired, and I am confused. I know You are not a God of chaos, so please give me clarity of thought. Help me to take my focus off myself and my situation and keep my eyes firmly planted on You so I don’t sink. In those moments where I feel like I can’t take another step, carry me. Amen.
-Chandra Sparks Splond
Daily Scripture Readings:
Monday I Peter 1:6-9
Tuesday Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday Psalm 147
Thursday Isaiah 40:28-31
Friday 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Saturday 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Sunday Philippians 3:7-14
Discouragement is nothing new. Many of the great Bible characters became discouraged. Moses in the Sinai desert; Elijah when he heard Jezebel was searching for him to take his life; and David when his son Absalom rebelled against him. It is as old as the history of man.
There is often a cause for discouragement. It comes many times when we don’t get our way, when things don’t work out the way we want them to. Discouragement is the opposite of faith. It is Satan’s device to thwart the work of God in your life. Discouragement blinds our eyes to the mercy of God and makes us perceive only the unfavorable circumstances.
I have never met anyone who spent time in daily prayer, and in the study of the Word of God, and was strong in faith, who was ever discouraged for very long.
What do you do when you are discouraged?
What do you do when someone near you is discouraged?