Alone? | What You Receive | Discouragement
But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:6
You’ve about had it. Seems like one thing after another. It’s also been a long time since you felt really connected to God. You’re trying, but something’s in the way. You’re putting one foot in front of the other, staying in church, keeping sin confessed and abandoned, so what is it? What’s this weariness that shadows your every move? You’re wondering if it’s worth it. Why not go back to the old ways? At least when you numbed yourself with a bottle or a pill you didn’t have to think about anything. But remember waking up and everything was worse? Without warning, discouragement can move in like a rude cousin taking over your house. He wears you down until you’re about to give up, and then…your friend shows up and throws him out.
It’s comforting to realize that even God’s chosen apostles experienced discouragement. Paul certainly did, and he wrote about it. Then his good buddy Titus showed up and kicked discouragement to the curb. Paul’s situation didn’t change, but he wasn’t alone anymore. We all need a Titus or two, fellow believers who understand us and won’t let discouragement overwhelm us. They’re the ones we can call when life slaps us around. Not drinking buddies or shopping divas. That kind of relief is too shallow when spiritual discouragement threatens us. We need Jesus followers who know how to pray. We need our life group.
Final Thought: Who in your life knows how to encourage you spiritually? If you don’t have anyone, join a life group.
Prayer: Father, this describes me a lot of the time. I have a few people like that, but I could use more. I want to be a Titus for someone else, too, and I commit now to step outside my comfort zone and try a couple of life groups. In Jesus’ name, Amen.