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Throwback Thursday: The Danger of Discouragement

 

THE DANGER OF DISCOURAGEMENT

 

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;

For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalm 9:10 (NKJV)

It was one of those days. It started with a phone call to the doctor to check on my test results. It had been nine days, and somebody forgot to tell me that I had an UTI. The next phone call was to the bank, and the bank teller couldn’t even tell me why my balance was short – once again. It went on from there. With each discouraging blow, like an ax to a tree, I began falling into despair.

I started going through my twitter feed, and I found the above verse from Psalms. How could I let little discouragements and disappointments get me down? However, Satan is clever, and he knows how to get to us. Of course, He must have permission from God, like he did with Job (Job 1:10). God may allow the temptation, but Paul said, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13). That verse was my way of escape.

I failed to keep my eyes on God, and I focused on the discouragement. When we do that, we are not trusting God to handle things. We start feeling sad and frustrated, but God is faithful, even when we are not. I fail to whole heartedly trust Him, but He has never forsaken me. Then I realized why it had all happened – so I could write about it and lift you up.

Friend, lets remind one another that we shouldn’t let these little things steal our joy. We know His name, and we will put our trust in Him.

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Why

WHY

 

Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.  –Job 13:15a

 

Why do severe tornadoes devastate towns? Why do terrorists kill and maim so many people? Why are you going through a storm right now? Many times, we never know God’s purpose in trials, but one thing we do know – we can trust Him.

If we lack wisdom, we can ask God and He will give it to us liberally, but we must ask in faith, not doubting (James 1:5-6). The only way we can have peace during these times is to have total trust in God. As Christians mature, their faith will increase.

When you, the passenger, are going to a vacation destination, you don’t need to know the route. Only the driver needs to know. Trust god to lead you even if the way is unclear, and don’t be a back seat driver.

Although the purpose may be unclear, there are some benefits to trials. They will cause you to depend on God more. They will keep you in the Bible and in prayer. They will enable you to help others when they go through their own trials. They will make heaven sweeter because it is a place where there is no pain, no sorrow, and no tears.

On a personal note, I would never trade my visual impairment for sight if it meant that I would have to give up the closeness I feel with God. Every step I take is literally one of faith, and yours should be also.

We must trust God completely without wavering, without doubting, without the back and forth movement like the waves (James 1:6). Our trust must be firmly rooted in God because He is in control. God has a plan, and we don’t have to understand it. Trust Him!

 

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.