Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
As we have seen, courage comes from a strength of heart. On the contrary, the Bible likens discouragement (the opposite of courage) to a melted heart (Joshua 2:11). In other words, discouragement takes place when a man’s heart loses strength. The Bible reveals that discouragement comes through various avenues of life. Men become discouraged because of “the way” (i.e., the circumstances of life) (Numbers 21:4). Discouragement also results from fear and unbelief (Deuteronomy 1:28) and the magnitude of a task (1 Chronicles 28:20). Ultimately, discouragement rears its ugly head as a result of a lack of faith in God and His word. Since discouragement and a lack of faith go hand in hand, a discouraged man cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6).
- (For children): David faced a giant without fear because he knew God was with him. Let’s ask God to help us not to be afraid of the things He wants us to do.
- (For everyone): Are you discouraged? What caused you to become so discouraged? Has your faith been replaced by doubt? Is the Lord pleased with your courage?
- Is discouragement hindering your service to God? Are you willing to allow His word to strengthen your heart once more?
- Ask God to shield you from the enemies of courage.
- Ask the Lord to help you to see signs of discouragement in your life before becoming consumed by it.
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