And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) otherwise known as “The Winter Blues” is probably in full force right now. With those living in the Northern Hemisphere short on sunlight and full of snow during the Winter season, it is possible to become discouraged.
With all the recent ice and snow storms, most have not been able to get out of the house as much as they would like. When the storms falling primarily on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s it has disrupted the faithful gathering of worshipers in the local church. While the season has been disruptive, we can have victory over the discouraging thoughts we may face when we check the weather apps or scan the meteorologist reports.
The Israelite’s were traveling towards the Promise Land, but the path was not easy. The walking, caravaning was no easy task. Life was hard and they became discouraged. Circumstances are powerful at changing our attitude and disposition. But instead of focusing on the problems, we can discover victory over the problems.
No one is immune to the occasional negative thoughts about their circumstance. It becomes a major problem when all we do is complain or think negative thoughts. It affects our motivation, our interaction with others and our walk with God. Sometimes “our way” is tough too.
If discouragement is not dealt with in a Biblical way, it is possible for it to develop into depression. It does not have too. Here are three ideas to help overcome discouragement.
- But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30
The Lord Jesus knows everything about you. Even down to how many hairs you have (or don’t have) on your head. If He knows something so minor as this, think about all the other things He knows about you. He knows your thoughts and wants you to live in victory, claiming healthy truthful thoughts about your life and your circumstance.
- Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31
Jesus values you more than the beautiful birds. Of all the creatures of creation, God values Humans the most. We are created “in His image.” There is something special about you. Be encouraged with the value God places on you! David also battled with occasional discouragement. 1 Samuel 30:6 says, “And 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.”
- But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:27
The Lord is always available to us. Be of good cheer. God is with you. Talk with Jesus in prayer. Ask Him to help you overcome negative thoughts with Bible truth. Learn a new Bible verse. Recite it when the next storm comes. Chose joy by the grace of God to not allow discouragement to control your life.
Look up – the sun will be up soon. Spring will be here before you know it!