The greatest challenge of Christianity in my view is discouragement. Throughout our walk with God we have to fight being disheartened by circumstances. Discouragement has the capacity to replace your zeal and faith in God. In my case l constantly find myself being discouraged by the very people l love, those that God actually gave to me. And in most cases it is probably my expectations that disappoint me.
I have leant now that all disappointment is controlled by expectations . People will disappoint you. I’m sure that even l disappoint some people unknowingly ..
Constantly God has brought me to situations that leave me shattered, just so he can get me back to him. It sounds like affliction but it is really growth. Most of the times l would have grown into the bad habit of letting people have higher priority to me than God. And when they disappoint me you can imagine how discouraged the lover in me is. However trying those times are, l believe that they have brought me to a place of understanding..
It is therefore apparent to me that the only way to avoid being discouraged is to Let God be your Anchor, the one you hope in, depend on, rely on, look to and run to..God is steadfast, faithful, never failing, loving, gracious, Our God abounds in mercy. Many times we are looking for God answers in people. You may have been hurt by people, maybe you should forgive them because they never had what you were after, God has what you are after.
An anchor is a person or thing which provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.
The reason we should look to Jesus is so that we are not discouraged. Our God remains faithful and constant, He will never let us down or put us to shame.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful [true to His word and His righteous character], for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 TIMOTHY 2:13 AMP
“being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.” ROMANS 4:21 AMP
“Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to“Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].”1 THESSALONIANS 5:24 AMP
“Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.” HEBREWS 13:8 AMP
“Then the LORD passed by in front of him, and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness);” EXODUS 34:6 AMP
“God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise–He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 AMP
Whenever you feel discouraged, look to God. He is so faithful , so good, so loving, there is no one like Him. He will not leave you, He does not change. So there is no reason why l should be discouraged, yes people may disappoint me but God will not.
So don’t let discouragement replace your faith in God . God is absolutely dependable.
I’m encouraged, l pray that you are too