“A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.” Matthew 12:20
The greatest tool in the devil’s arsenal is discouragement. It makes us let down the shield of faith. Disappointment leads to discouragement which leads to disqualification. Moses had it and hit the rock twice, thus losing his opportunity to enter the Promised Land. Mrs. Job had it and became bitter. Naomi changed her name to Marah because of it.
How do you avoid disappointment? Avoid sin. Sin disappoints. Ask Eve, Cain, Saul, Samson, Lot, and the Prodigal son. Making major decisions without counsel brings disappointment.
How do you get back on your feet spiritually when discouraged? Bathe for a long period of time in the Word of God. Flee to a stronger Christian for some fellowship. Don’t keep repeating your story of sorrow to everyone. Sing plenty of hymns.
Jesus never discouraged anyone. If there was any life or hope left in a situation, Jesus capitalized on it! When Peter sank, Jesus noticed his “little” faith. Jesus welcomed Stephen home by standing. While Paul was at a low point in his life, Jesus came and stood by him in jail. Jesus encouraged a backslidden Peter to get back to serving God. During the storm in Matthew 14:27, He told the disciples not to fear. Jesus told the woman who was caught in adultery that she could be forgiven (John 8:3).
God will not break the bruised reed. If your reed is still alive, He can still use it. God doesn’t quit! He never gets discouraged, and there is something in your life God can use!
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28, 31