We all get discouraged from time to time and some of us seem to fall into the pit of discouragement where we are trapped for long periods of time. What is it that has been getting you down lately? It may be physical problems or a crisis in your family or church. It may be trauma from an abusive childhood or marriage. It may be oppression from someone who is controlling your life. The reasons are endless, but most of the time we are able to recover and get on with life. But there is a real danger for many that discouragement will break our spirit and we will just give up on life and what we are called to do.
New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
God tells us that there will be a reward and fruit for what we do for Him. He tells us that if plant the seed there will be a harvest. But if we abandon the work; if we leave the field before the job is done, the harvest will fail. We must not give up in our efforts to fight abuse and to expose this sin for what it is. Satan would love to have us all get so discouraged that we just throw in the towel and walk away. There will be days when we feel alone, rejected and misunderstood by our friends and maybe even by God. There will be days when we feel like we are just beating our heads against a wall and we wonder…. what is the use?
In Bible days most cities had people who would watch the horizon for an approaching army and if they saw one they would literally sound an alarm by blowing a trumpet. When the citizens would hear the alarm they would gather their weapons and prepare to defend the city. Most of you who are reading this blog are already sounding the alarm in our churches and wherever we can. We see the enemy all around us and they raping and molesting the children and few seem to notice or care. We are telling Christians, pastors and everyone we can that the danger is here, but most are not listening. They are busy playing church and being religious….too busy to worry about the children or the people who have crept into the safety of the church.
So what do we do? Do we give up? Do we walk away in despair? God is telling us in Galatians 6:9 that we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. The odds may seem against us but if we keep sowing the seed and tending the field, with God’s help, we will prevail.
The following is a poem that was written by Ted Brennan who is the pastor that preceded me at the church where I am at now. A few years before he retired his son had an aneurysm that ruptured and he died in his arms at the hospital. Two years later his wife died of cancer. Ted kept preaching for a couple of years before retiring. He still lives in the area and fills the pulpit for me when I am away.
When Discouragement Comes.
by Ted Brennan
Discouragement comes like a thief in the night
And catches us off guard,
As it snatches away the precious jewel,
Of joy when we’re hit hard.
In the hands of the prince of darkness
Who knows how to use it well
Discouragement can do more damage
than a thousand books can tell.
That’s why we need to hold one another,
We can’t do it on our own
How good it is to have friends in Christ,
Than face our trials alone.
Of course we know that the Lord is with us,
That’s the greatest comfort of all,
But it’s still a blessing when friends in Christ,
hold us up lest we should fall.
If your heart is heavy with disappointments,
If discouragement has been your plight,
Take heart and don’t quit the battle,
For the judge of the earth shall do right.
All discouragements will be left behind,
When we part to heavens shore,
No more heart aches can touch us there
and disappointments will be no more.
Now if you have known the loving touch
that lifted you from despair
Then you in turn may be the one
to let another know you care.
As opportunity comes your way
to lift a sister or brother,
Remember it’s our duty and joy
to encourage one another.