Encouragement When Discouraged
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my souls long for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When may I come to see God's face? My tears are my food day and night. People ask me all day long. "Where is your God?" I will remember these things as I pour out my soul: how I used to walk with the crowd and lead it in a procession of God's house. I sang songs of joy and thanksgiving while crowds of people celebrated a festival.
Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my saviour and my God.
Dear friends, even though we say these things, we are still convinced that better things are in store for you and that they will save you. God is fair. He won't forget what you've done or the love you have shown for him. You helped his holy people, and you continue to help them.
God our Father loved us and by his kindness gave us everlasting encouragement and good hope. Together with our Lord Jesus Christ, may he encourage and strengthen you to do and say everything that's good.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will let the righteous person stumble.
What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? God didn't spare his own Son but handed him over to death for all of us. So he will also give us everything along with him. Who will accuse those whom God has chosen? God has approved of them. Who will condemn them? Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love? As Scripture says:
"We are being killed all day long because of you. We are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered."
The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers,by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.
"I've told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you'll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world."