The Christian life is not a means to bypass all troubles in life. We all experience disappointments, failures, fear, heartache, and pain. But that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care, or that He turns away when we are hurting. I want to share these few Bible passages in hopes that I can help a discouraged heart. May we all learn to lean on the sweet everlasting arms of Jesus.
For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
I love the imagery used in this passage. When I’m going through a trial that I can’t see the end of, He lights my way. The Psalms are full of encouragement, so I definitely recommend reading through this book of the Bible consistently. I chose these few verses specifically because they have helped me through some dark times. They’re special in my heart.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I love this Bible passage because I’m reminded that, when I am beyond words and hurting in ways I can’t explain, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what to say. He lifts our hurt up to the Father. That verse brings me to tears every time I read it; God cares enough about me that His Spirit understands my pain even when I don’t, and intercedes on my behalf. If that isn’t enough, God also says in the next verse, that everything placed in our lives will work for our good and His glory. Even the discouragement and heartache has a purpose: to glorify God. To top this passage off, a few verses later, Paul asks those Corinthian believers a question: If God be for us, who can be against us? If we could just say that to ourselves every day and truly believe it, imagine how confident and encouraged we would be?
II Corinthians 12v7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
These Bible passages have so much power! The Apostle Paul did great things for God and the church, but it didn’t come without disappointment and discouragement. He begged God three times to take away this pain that suffered through, but God showed Paul that His strength is made perfect through Paul’s weakness. Sometimes, God uses difficult situations or trials in our lives so that we remain dependent on His strength and not our own.
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you’ll need for tomorrow.