DISMAYED, DISHEARTENED, AND DEPRESSED Andy Hollifield 1-20-19
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (KJV)
Don’t stop reading yet, this isn’t going to be a pity party type post to bring everybody down. Actually, a lot of folks can find themselves among the three words of the title already. You could even add disillusioned, disappointed, discouraged, dejected, and downcast. The purpose for writing this is to get you to admit it to yourself and confess it to God and then let him fix it for you. You can’t fix something until its broken and judging by the testimonies we hear, there are a lot of broken people. I am thankful that we have a God that specializes in broken things.
Did you know the word “dismayed” is used 31 times in the bible. Out of those, 17 are either God or a godly man, telling someone else not to be dismayed. Dismayed means to be completely discouraged, thoroughly disheartened, experience sudden disillusionment, and agitation of mind. Did I miss anyone with those definitions? At some time or another, and maybe even now, I would imagine we have all found ourselves in that condition. “Disheartened” means to depress the hope, courage, or spirits of. Depressed means to be sad and gloomy, dejected, and downcast.
When you find yourself in this condition, it is easy to “wallow in our own self-pity.” That won’t accomplish anything except making you more miserable. I have a book called “God’s Promises for your every need” that I begin to read in. It is just a book of scriptures that is divided into sections of need with scriptures that apply to them. Psalms 147:3 tells us “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Do you know what wounds are? They are a result of getting hurt. God knows we will be hurt along the way. Isn’t it a comfort to know that He himself will heal our broken heart and bind up our wounds? Romans 8:35-39 tells us there is nothing; tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword can ever separate us from his love.
I noticed something in Isaiah 41:10. That verse says five things about God that should give us comfort. First he tells us he is with us. Next, he says he is our God. Then he promises to strengthen us. After that, he says he will even help us. And finally, he says he will uphold us. Five is the number of grace and in times like I’ve described, we need all the grace we can get. Deuteronomy 31:6 is one of my favorite scriptures. It is the words that God spoke to the children of Israel when it was time for them to choose who they would serve. “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that goeth with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” It’s not just anybody that goes with us; it’s our God. You just can’t beat that kind of company.
Here is a couple for you to look up on your own. Psalms 27:10, Psalms 46:1, and 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Psalms 34:17 is a good one and Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” You will notice he didn’t say if but “when” you go through all of these things. It will come. It is all part of life but he promised to be with us. It makes it easier to go through anything just knowing he is going through it with us. Isaiah 40:31 is a good promise and 2 Corinthians 1:4 says that God comforts us in all of our troubles. Psalms 107:9 says “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 says “God is able to make all grace abound toward you…” ALL grace abound toward us. How much? All the grace that God has, directed toward me and you in the midst of our trouble.
I can’t begin to tell of the grace that God has for us. When we get in the condition that I’ve mentioned, it is hard to pull out of it at times. 1 Samuel 30:6 says that “David was greatly distressed… but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” I had someone tell me once that when you get depressed like that, it is just a trust issue. That is a lie that the devil would have us to believe. It is not a trust issue. The fact is that when we get in this condition, God is all we have left and we hang on with all of our might. I’m glad more important, that he hangs on to me. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 sums it all up pretty good: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!