By LaChelle Anderson
The calendar says its Spring and we should be looking forward to green grass, flowers blooming and warmer days; but when you’re in a season of discouragement, a beautiful Spring day can seem like just another day.
Discouragement is defined in the Noah Webster Dictionary as “depriving of courage, depressing confidence or hope.” How many of you have ever been in a season of discouragement? Did it last longer than a season? How many of you will admit that you are in that season right now?
I heard a minister recently say, “Has your get up and go – got up and gone?” I think that comment just about sums up what a lot of people are feeling. They’ve lost their courage, confidence and hope. If we’re honest, we can all admit that we’ve been there. Our “get up” has definitely got up and GONE!
Discouragement brings excuses
We know God is the answer, but our “but” or excuses are ruling:
- I know I should pray, BUT
- I know I should go to church, BUT
- I know I should forgive, BUT
What’s happened is that you’ve made the discouragement or (lack of courage, confidence and hope) about “I”:
- I’ve prayed before and God didn’t come through
- Why should I pray?
- Why should I go to church?
- Why should I forgive?
If you really want to get out of your season of discouragement, you’ve got to stop making excuses, stop looking at I and start looking up. The Word says in Psalms 121:1-2, I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Get Up and Go like David
In 1 Samuel 30:6, David and his army of men returned home only to find that their entire town had been burned up in fire and all of their wives and children were gone. Verse 6 says, David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. In verse 8 we read, And David inquired at the Lord…
Springing forward out of Discouragement
David didn’t let any grass grow under his feet. He immediately responded to his bad news, his disheartening situation by encouraging himself in the Lord and inquiring of the Lord. In Psalms 34:4 it says, I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. That’s exactly what happened to David. He inquired of the Lord, and God delivered him from all of his fears. That’s what will happen to you as well.
In the last part of 1 Samuel 30: 8 the Lord told David to ‘Pursue after the troop; for thou shalt surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’
When you choose to get up and go like David, by seeking and inquiring of the Lord in the midst of your circumstances, you’ll be springing forward out of your season of discouragement and on the road to recovering all because God is a rewarder to all who diligently search him (Hebrews 11:6). Glory to God!
LaChelle Patrice Anderson (aka Sister Shelli) is a 2009 graduate of Word of Faith Bible Training Center formerly in Southfield, Michigan, and founder of FirstFruits Living Publications and FirstFruits Living Ministries. Sister Shelli started a street ministry where she feeds the needy in Michigan through a monthly Free Bag Lunch and Prayer Project. Your purchase of her book, “Our Family’s Daily Prayer Devotional” which is available for $2.99 at Amazon.com, will feed 3 people. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the monthly Free Bag Lunch and Prayer Project, visit Sister Shelli’s website at www.myprayerletter.com. Sister Shellit is also available for speaking engagements. To find out more, please send a letter of interest and guidelines to LaChelle@myprayerletter.com.