Every once in a while I find myself getting so discouraged with the way the world is spiraling downward. Crimes against babies, crimes against children, tyrannical leaders, brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted, and sin being blasted from every facet of society. If we let it, it can get quite overwhelming. This week when I was feeling particularly sad and discouraged about things when the Holy Spirit reminded me that all this is a call to prayer. I can’t fix any of it by myself. I can’t hold back the tide of wickedness in the natural. Complaining and getting upset will not change one thing. However, what I can do is talk to my Father about it. I can lay it all at His feet. He IS able to do something about it.
In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me.”~Psalm 120:1
Difficult times are often used to draw us closer and the unbelievers to find Christ. We can be quite content to go on with life as usual when things are good, with little time spent with the Lover of our soul. When things get difficult and we know things are beyond our “fixing” is often the time we look beyond ourselves for help and answers. This can be true for the believer in Christ and the unbeliever.
You have done many good things for me, Lord,
just as you promised. I believe in your commands;
now teach me good judgment and knowledge. I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
but now I closely follow your word. You are good and do only good;
teach me your decrees. Arrogant people smear me with lies,
but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart. Their hearts are dull and stupid,
but I delight in your instructions. My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. Your instructions are more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver.~ Psalm 119:65-72
So rather than allow discouragement to bring us down we should allow it to nudge us toward the One who has all the answers. Spend time with Him. Talk to Him about what has you grieved. Ask Him for ways you can make a difference. Ask Him to use the dark times to draw your unsaved loved ones to Christ and to draw you into deeper prayer and intimacy with Him.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again my Savior and my God!~Psalm 43:5