Grace and peace be unto you.
How do you deal with discouragement? The Bible says, “And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6). David was determined that he would not remain discouraged despite his circumstances and so, he looked to the only true source of encouragement. The source that is real, faithful, all-powerful, harmless, and loving. The source is God, the I Am That I Am, the Alpha and the Omega.
Discouragement is one of the many blessings we will encounter during our life’s journey. In fact, we will face numerous instances. Nonetheless, in those moments, the effectiveness of sources such as drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, and overeating pales in comparison to that of our Lord. He knows the root of our discouragement, hence when we talk with him, he gives us the perfect remedy. Sometimes prayer or praise is effective while other times meditating on his Word is the solution. Still yet, there are other options such as exercising, doing a good deed, listening to music, reading, and fasting.
Despite the various strategies that exist, there is no specific one that works for all of us. As a result, the Holy Spirit caters to our uniqueness. Scripture says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). When our human capabilities are not resilient enough to provide the necessary encouragement, the Holy Spirit intervenes and empowers us.
The Holy Spirit tells us what to do and gives us the strength we need to encourage ourselves. But we must believe that he lives in us and is more than willing to help when we are discouraged. The Bible says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Accordingly, I will praise the Lord when I am discouraged. I will praise him all my life. I will sing praise to him as long as I live (Psalm 146:2).