3 antidotes for discouragement

There’s a short little verse in Romans that holds important advice for us when discouragement claws at us.

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
(Romans 12:12)

Rejoice in our confident hope. Read and believe His promises. That’s what we’re doing this year on this site—celebrating the hope we have been given, learning to live “with great expectation” because we trust in God. Even in the pit, remember how good the Lord has been to you and rejoice in your hope.

Hold tightly to that hope, because we know God can be trusted to keep His promises! (see theme verse in the right hand panel)

Be patient in trouble. Oh, this is so difficult for me. I think I must “fix” things…or God must fix things. Why must we have hard times? Why must we suffer for no apparent reason? Why do some people carry such heavy burdens of trouble, like Job? God has the power to change everything with one word—why does He let this trouble and that trouble go on? Why does He not save me from this?

Yet our hope knows that God is in control and He has a purpose for us and for everything He does. He works for our good in every circumstance and His timing is always perfect. He is with us in the midst of every trouble.

Be patient, O my soul.

Keep on praying. Our relationship to Jesus is the lifeline by which we live and breathe and bear fruit.  “Never stop praying,” Paul wrote in his first letter to the persecuted Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Prayer is the antidote to worry and the way to peace (See Philippians 4:6).

Observing this third guideline will make the first two possible—prayer helps us to be patient in trouble and keeps our focus on the God of all hope.

Rejoice in your hope, child of God.
Be patient through all trouble.
Keep on praying.


Psalm Prayer:

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
(Psalm 31:7)


© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, Lana Turner, and Mary Jane Smith for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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