I’ve been thinking about discouragement lately. Mainly about how quickly we sometimes fall victim to it. It doesn’t take much—one rejection, the unexpected, delay, defeat, others opinion, fear and the all too familiar “what if…”. Pull the trigger on any of these bad boys and we hit the floor, shaken and sometimes broken.
I’ve realized that discouragement is an identity issue. When we are ignorant of
who we are whose we are, the darts of discouragement will hit the mark every time. On the contrary, when we have revelation of God’s love for us and the accomplishment of Christ at Calvary, we can rest confidently. Yes, when we know the truth of what Christ has done for us we will rest confidently, clothed in his armor, quenching the fiery darts of Satan with our shield of faith. (Ephesians 6) The truth really does set you free – when you know it. (John 8:32)
The Bible says that our Father God laughs at the enemy/wicked. (Psalm 37:13) Perhaps because he knows that Satan is no match for him. And you know what? As you and I gain more understanding of who our God is, we will join him in laughter. That is, instead of giving way to discouragement. Picture that, you and Father God laughing at the enemy.
Friends, hold close to heart the strength of Father God the next time you are tempted by discouragement. Remember that he is an all-consuming fire (Hebrew 12:29), the Lord who fights for you (Exodus 14:14), the Lord who keeps you from harm and watches over your life (Psalm 121:7), your refuge and your redeemer (Psalm 18:2). You are protected and you are loved. Loved by the God who laughs at your enemy.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)