Are You Discouraged Today?

Even the most committed believer has those moments when fear or worry can kick in.

Anxiety can overtake us. Maybe we’re concerned about our future, feel discouraged about some of our failures and shortcomings, or find ourselves anxious about the lives of our family members.

Far too often, though, we are afraid of the wrong things in life, and not afraid of the right things . . . or the right One. Many people don’t fear God, giving Him the awe and the reverence that is His due. Yet the Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the very beginning of wisdom.

What is the “fear of the Lord?”

The Bible says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever” (Psalm 111:10).

To fear God doesn’t mean that we cowering in terror before Him. Rather, the fear of God has been properly defined as a wholesome dread of displeasing Him. If I have sinned, my fear should not be based on the anticipation of what God will do to me, but on what I have done to displease Him. I love Him so much that I would never want to grieve His heart by turning my back on Him or going my own way. That is what it means to fear the Lord.

Don’t be discouraged today

David wrote, “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever” (Psalm 19:9). It is good for us to fear Him. The remarkable thing is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else. On the other hand, if you don’t fear God, then you fear everything else, and you find yourself running from shadows.

In another psalm, David stated, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Only the person who can say, “The Lord is the strength of my life,” can then say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Maybe you feel that your life has been a failure, or perhaps find yourself discouraged, depressed, or afraid of something. If you’re gripped by fear and worry today, then let the Lord be the strength of your life. Trade in all your lesser and destructive fears for the fear that will bring wisdom and peace.

6 thoughts on “Are You Discouraged Today?”

  1. connie says:

    Please pray for my son Henry He really needs .To return home and come back to his family.

  2. Amber says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg for this encouragement. I really needed to hear this today! I have really been struggling with fear, fear of my future, and what if I make the wrong decision on where to go to school which has been keeping me from actually making a decision! Thanks again for your ministry your broadcasts, your emails, I am so thankful for you and harvest ministries God bless!

  3. Libby Schuck says:

    Dear Greg,
    I am very thankful to God for Christian radio! When I hear Biblical verses being quoted, I write them and search for them in the Bible.I have been a avid listener of Christian radio from the time I was saved-in
    August 1997. I pray for a lot of people and especially pastors who are aired on radio,tv, or the internet as I know many are listening, reading, or viewing these messages.
    I am praying for all that hear the gospel messages will be saved and grow.
    I also pray for the pastors delivering these messages that God will continue to give them a hunger for Himself and for His word.I appreciate the way that the Lord has gifted you in your ministry.
    Each time that I read the Bible, regardless of the passage, I am reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice while He hung on the cross. I am overwhelmed when I realize the love that He has demonstrated toward mankind and how He keeps pursuing each of us personally.
    What a mighty God we serve!

  4. Leigh says:

    Thanks for the words of encouragement today. God truly speaks through you, because this applies directly to how I am feeling. This has happened many times before, where I feel like you are writing specifically to me!

  5. Cathee says:

    Praise be to God! As Christians we are to build each other up with encouraging words, Brother Greg, you have restored this fellow sister in Christ day! Thank you!

  6. Andy Coticchio says:

    Given what we are, sinners redeemed, it is not surprising that we may suffer from discouragement from time to time. It allows the Lord to lift us out when we turn to Him in faith, giving glory to His name. As He told the apostle Paul, his grace is sufficient for us. In all things, at all times.

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