This week I spoke with a man who described his overwhelming discouragement. He’s a professional – a doctor working seven days a week to keep up with financial commitments to his family. He talked not of the difficulty or his lack of willingness concerning his work, but his discouragement that his work is getting him nowhere. Seven days a week and he’s still on the treadmill. In fact, he may be losing ground in his battle.
He says he fights is discouragement, which sinks into depression at times, by just working through it. He looks for some kind of light at the end of the tunnel. He has only a little hope. The look on his face told the story of a weary man.
As I listened, I felt the sense of my own discouragement with several areas. While reading today, I was reminded of Isaiah 41:10
“fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The man I spoke with does not share this hope. Not yet.