The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word discouragement as “the act of making something less likely to happen or of making people less likely to do something: a feeling of having lost hope or confidence: something (such as a failure or difficulty) that discourages someone”
Many of us may experience discouragement in our walk with God. At some point, bad breaks, sickness, and many other situations can put us in that state; indeed, intense emotions may visit anybody, but regardless of the cases that can put us in despair, the key is how we react to them. Israelites were slaves in Egypt for four hundred years; they suffered a lot under their yoke, the sorrow was so dipped that they could not even process the hope of deliverance. Exodus 6:9 says that “And Moses spoke so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.” Some Bible’s versions translate “Anguish of spirit”.—Hebrew, shortness of breath. (Comp. Job 21:4.) The expression points to extreme lassitude and depression.
Indeed, the trouble of mind and grief of heart may put under a “shortness of breath,” we can be so pressed that we could hardly breathe, and as a consequence of that be incapable of attending to what God has spoken to us in His word.
We cannot loose our hope, and one way to do that is read the scriptures and stay persistent in prayer, I want to offer you ten biblical portions for times of discouragement.
Psalm 42:5 NIV
“Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God”.
John 3:16 NIV
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” .
2 Cor. 4:8-9 NIV
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Romans 8:35-39 NIV
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 145:5 NIV
“They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works”
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV
” Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights”
Psalm 145:13-20 NIV
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”