“Why Should I Be Discouraged?”

Ps. 42:9  “I will say to God my Rock, why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

Many years ago, soon after opening my life to receive Jesus, I began listening to a radio program called:  “You Ask, the Bible Answers”, hosted by Dr. Willard Pierce.  II was very impressed by his knowledge of the Bible and the wisdom with which he presented the Word to the listeners who would call in while he was on the air.  No matter what the problem or question the caller had, Dr. Pierce would just flip through the pages of his Bible to the very scripture that he needed to minister to the individual – and it was always right on target for their need.  As a result of what I heard, I sought him out and began attending a class that he taught.  As I got to know him, I shared how much I enjoyed his radio program.  To my surprise he gave me an open invitation to join him as he ministered to his radio audience. And needless to say, I took him up on that offer many times.

When listening to the broadcast either in the studio or over the radio, as a new Christian I was struck by so many believers calling in that were so sad, distressed and often despairing over the seemingly insurmountable obstacles they were facing.  I remember thinking “this could not be the way Jesus wanted us to face the challenges of life that will most certainly present themselves throughout our life”.

Why do we so often yield to the gloomy expectation and anticipation of a “less than favorable” outcome of our situation.  Why do we allow the feelings of “being overwhelmed” by the challenge when we know that God has said He has provided “grace for today (and every challenge therein) and new hope for tomorrow”?  God has never said that our night would never end.

We must always remember:  Day ALWAYS follows night.   But along with that, we must remember that 12:01 a.m. of a new day, looks very much like 11:59 p.m. of the ending of the previous day.  Both are dark.  There is no daylight.  In fact, daylight doesn’t come for several more hours!  The darkness still continues for some time before we see the dawn, but the dawn is in process of coming long before we see it.  It still looks light night and feels like night, BUT IT IS NOT!  At 12:01 a.m. a “new day” has begun.  It’s new, fresh and filled with possibilities and promise.  And once daylight begins to pierce the darkness, the darkness flees away.  Every beginning will have an end.  And every end will have a new beginning.

“So . . . rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks ”  for the dawning of your new day is on its way.








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