I was in an auto accident about a month ago. It has been a month of multiple doctor’s appointments and therapy. Today I was really discouraged as the pain in my hip and right leg has been constant and was really nagging me. As I thought about my discouragement over the fact that the healing was taking longer than I wanted and I was not enjoying the discomfort, I realized that my discouragement was fear in disguise. God addressed the fear and discouragement that the Israelites faced on many occasions. 2Chronicles 20:17 “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem, Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” (NIV) The Israelites were going out to meet an overwhelming foe and God told King Jehoshaphat to be firm and not to be discouraged. Being discouraged is easy- doubt creeps in, overwhelming situations, long recovery, and pain rise up to meet me each day. God wants me to be invincible and to face the difficult situation with Him by my side.
I forgot that today as I was existing in pain. I needed to reel myself in and reexamine my problems and see them thought God’s eyes. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:27. My pain is fleeting so I need to give the recovery – timing and process- to the Lord. He know what is best and how much time I really need. Allowing discouragement to take over is giving Satan the victory in this problem.
Prayer: Lord, give me strength for each day, no worries for tomorrow and realization that You care for me. 1Peter 5:7. Help me to place my trust and confidence in you alone. Bind Satan and ban discouragement from my thoughts. Amen.
May you have a blessed day free from discouragement.
(This passage is addressed more fully on Day 25 of Fearless Living.)