It is not unusual to feel discouraged, no matter where you are right now, or how far ahead you might be in life right now, discouragement doesn't discriminate. Even the most holy and spiritual people experience discouragement. It really doesn't take much to be discouraged. If I can be honest with you, I am writing this at a point of discouragement.
As I replied a text message from a new friend yesterday, she could feel my discouragement over a text message. She said, "feeling a little discouraged? we should catch up soon".
So what do we do?
We've all heard this verse in the Bible: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
That was Jesus telling us to expect tribulation but He reassures us that as we put our hope in Him, we shall overcome.
The truth is that our emotions are always up and down, we can be in the most desirable mood in the morning and by noon our world is upside down. Someone might have said something to us, done something to us, treated us unfair or simply didn't come through for us. And other times it could be our thoughts, our situation, our health or even our finances that takes us into a downward spiral. Maybe it was that unanswered prayer, that the Lord seems to be ignoring.
Are you mad at God?
There can be a million things that can trigger discouragement in our lives, and it seems like we are in a constant battle to stay encouraged. As I said earlier, no matter how spiritual you are, discouragement is part of the battle. As a believer, we have the Lord with us to help us overcome.
Many men and women in the Bible experienced discouragement. King David experienced a life of ups and downs. In Psalm 142, the king cries out to God in a distressful period:
"I cried unto the with my voice; with my voice unto the did I make my supplication.