- A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; despiritedness
- An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent
Why do we deal with discouragement so much? Why does there always have to be something in the way? Why does life have to be so hard? These are questions I hear people ask every day. There’s so many things in life that discourage us, as humans, that we can’t seem to avoid: death, failure, loss of friends, an abrupt change in plans. Why does it seem that after we just get out of a bad time, and we finally experience peace, something has to throw us out of our happiness and into another trial?
I have noticed that in college, every day has a new trial. Whether a paper is do, or you have a million things that need to get done, or you have to meet with your advisor, or work, or all of the above and a million more things. My point is that there are a million things in this world that constantly bring us down. Yet we still have to have faith as Christians that we can get through this.
In my Old Testament class we are going over the book of Job. If anyone in history had an excuse to be discouraged it was Job. In just the first few chapters of the book, Job loses everything: his family, his possessions, his health, he even loses his sense of connection with God. Yet no matter what happened, he NEVER once curses God. Even after his wife tries convincing him to curse God Job resists. In chapter 2 verse 10 Job says “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job is accepting God, no matter what happens. That’s so amazing to thing that even through his darkest times, Job was in love with the one and only God of the universe. And in the New Testament, James says to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3). Not only are we to loved God in trials and discouragement, but we are to be joyful in them. Why? Because that is when we show God we love Him the most!
No matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you lose your confidence or enthusiasm, God is definitely something to be enthusiastic about. So whether you have a series assignment due, you have to organize an event, your job is keeping you on your toes and you just don’t have the time to relax, or you just have your own personal trials to face, just remember it will be ok! Jesus says that “..in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome this world!” (John 16:33). Jesus is more than this world, and He loves you with all of His heart. No it is up to you to trust Him, even when you find trusting Him to be the hardest thing to do.