I’m reading a book by David Jeremiah about Encouragement. I need that book. I tend to encourage those outside my family and discourage those inside my family.

You might ask why. That’s a good question.

I think it is worry. I don’t live with those outside of my home. I love them, but not with the intensity that I love my family. So, I worry. I think if I don’t have control, the world will fall apart. Then, when I don’t have control, (which is never), I get discouraged.

That’s a sin according to Jerry Bridges and his book “Respectable Sins.” John Piper would agree. He preached a whole series and wrote a book about unbelief.

Unbelief is exactly what is plaguing me.

I can believe that God raised Christ from the dead, but He can’t speak to my family through the Holy Spirit.

I can believe that God created the world with a word, but He can’t take care of our finances.

I can believe that He has a home in heaven for me where I’ll spend eternity with Him that defies description, but cannot believe that He is sovereign in the details of my life.

Which leads to another “respectable sin.” Discontentment.

This morning during my quiet time with God, I took the advice of David Jeremiah. I ran to God and His Word and then sang praises to Him. The song? “O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus.”

The weight of discouragement has lifted for now. I’m going to keep feeding on God’s Word, and singing His praises.

James 1: 2-4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

It’s growing time for me. What about you?


2 Comments on "Discouragement"

  1. Good Morning Pauline:

    Although I try to follow you blogs and writing, I must admit that I am not faithful! However your blog this morning hit a sore spot. The sore spot of “letting go and letting God”! But is that a “cop out”? I am not sure. I believe in God as the supreme being who created the heavens and earth. I believe in His Son who died for me, and I believe in His forgiveness and love for me. Our we not to forge a path on this earth. And how do we really know if it is God’s will or mine? Humm! Just some thoughts, which I will ponder today. Christ is Risen!!

  2. Janel Balogh says:

    Oh, Pauline this is my problem exactly!!! Thank you for writing about this and encouraging me.
    Love You,

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