Have you ever gotten discouraged about living the Christian life? If so, you’re not alone. In our broken world, we face many discouraging things, like temptation, loss, broken relationships, disaster, and tragedies of all kinds. Sometimes we as Christians can get a little weary on the journey of faith. There are times when we need encouragement and help to move us along in our walk with God.
When we need help and encouragement, we can always turn to Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30). He has promised to be with us—always. He may use a Bible passage or work through another Christian to encourage us. Whenever we’re feeling down, we can trust Him to be with us and give us the help we need in that moment.
Put another way, walking with Jesus is not a solo activity. God is present with us, and He also brings other Christians alongside us to help us when we struggle against the currents of temptation and difficult circumstances. Together, we can run to Jesus Himself, the ultimate source of help. He saved us, and we are learning to depend on Him in every circumstance. Whatever we are facing, He’s always there to encourage and strengthen us. • A. W. Smith
• Can you think of a time you felt discouraged in your walk with Jesus? Was there anything that helped encourage you during this time?
• Are there any Bible passages that have encouraged you in difficult times? Which one(s)? Do you know anyone who might be encouraged by this too?
• Who are trusted people in your life—such as friends, pastors, parents, counselors, etc.—who you could talk with when you’re feeling discouraged?
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)