The heaviness in my heart was palpable, dampening my spirit, and darkening my mood. In a word, I felt defeated, reflecting on the loss of relationships, time, and even hope. Why? I wondered why I continued to pour myself into things that offered little freedom, healing, or benefit. I needed help and I turned to the promise of God’s restoration.
Settling in to listen to the Sunday message at church, weariness blanketed me like a fog. My sacrifices over the past months weighed heavy on my heart and mind. I wondered if they’d bear any tangible fruit.
My heart wailed, “What’s it all for? Why, Lord, am I going through this?” A full-blown self-pity party threatened to overtake me and I wondered if the Lord had any encouragement to offer.
Divine Restoration in the Bible
A visiting missionary delivered the sermon that morning—it was a captivating message of God’s love and provision. He pointed to divine restoration in the Bible and shared personal stories of God’s care and generosity. His message proclaimed the love and care of our Heavenly Father who poured out compassion in the most distressing, hopeless situations.
I felt I was in a distressing, hopeless situation too. Would the Lord show me His mercy?
The missionary shared countless Bible verses but one delivered a spark of hope to my hurting heart:
“And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children or friends because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29 HCSB).
God’s Promise of Restoration
The Lord sees our sacrifice. He is keenly aware of what we give up for Him and will replenish our dry cisterns. God allows hardships but promises restoration.
He promises it.
What does it mean to be restored by God?
My mind traveled to Job of the Bible who lost his servants, children, livestock, livelihood, and his health. In the early chapters of this book, we’re given a glimpse of Job’s estate. It included 7,000 sheep 3,000 camels, 500 oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants (see Job 1:2).
After all the tragedy and loss Job endured, we see God’s restoration and learn that He doubled Job’s prior possessions. “The LORD blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters” (Job 42:12-13, HCSB).
The Meaning of Restoration in the Bible
Unquestionably, the new possessions did not erase the horrific pain of prior loss, but God generously restored even more than Job’s sacrifice, and through the journey restored his hope and peace. The Lord counted Job’s cost. He measured it, and He restored it in double portion. To restore, in a Biblical sense, means to complete, to make amends, and to prosper. Just as we see in Job’s example. Or through the promise of Joel 2:25 (shared below). And we also see it in personal examples of our daily lives.
As I listened and reflected on the missionary’s testimony, I realized the question is not if God will reveal blessing, but when. I felt the Holy Spirit providing assurance that the offering I considered sacrificial would bear Kingdom-sized fruit in God’s perfect timing— and lasting fruit at that.
My heart found refreshing rest in the promises of God’s Word. I received and embraced the encouragement I believe He meant for me.
God’s Word says that when we walk in obedience, He will “restore your fortunes, have compassion on you, and gather you again…” (Deuteronomy 30:3, HCSB)).
The promise of Joel 2:25a (ESV) says,
“I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
Personal Examples of God’s Restoration
I began to recall personal examples of times God has proved this to me in the past:
God’s Restoration of Time
It’s not uncommon for me to wake in the morning and think, “I have too much going on today, there’s no time for Bible devotions.” On days when I listen to that logic and forgo my time in the Word, my day is nearly always in disarray with one appointment crashing into the next. I run late, experience conflict, and I’m not on my best game. But when I get on my knees before the Lord—even when I feel I don’t have time— I see a level of efficiency and grace throughout my day that I recognize as God’s blessing. It’s no coincidence. God restores the sacrifice of time.
God’s Restoration of Finances
There are times when the Lord prompts us to financially give beyond what we feel we can afford. When we allow human logic and a glance at our bank account to lead us to a decision, we struggle to make ends meet. But when we obey the Lord’s direction, our needs are met in every instance. It’s no coincidence. God restores the sacrifice of financial giving.
God’s Restoration of Sacrifice
When we’re asked to give our time serving others, I’ll admit I’ve grumbled on occasion. After all, my own yard needs a tremendous level of attention, yet God asked that I help someone else with theirs. It’s humbling in such times to see God’s hand of returned blessing when a neighbor plows the snow from our very long driveway. It’s no coincidence. God restores the sacrifice of obedience.
God loves us with an everlasting love. He gives us all that we need at the precise moment that it’s needed. It blesses Him to restore our sacrifice with a lavished bounty. That’s a bit hard to grasp, but we see it played out.
Hope for Today
If you are struggling as we all do sometimes, wondering when the Lord will restore what you have sacrificed, I encourage you to abide in the Lord and trust. God sees everything that you are doing. He knows your heart, your motivation, your level of weariness, and your breaking point. He’s right beside you, providing strength and perseverance to go the distance. Hang in there and wait with expectation. In the fullness of time, He will reveal His plan and show you the fruit of your faithfulness.
Maybe you’ve walked a similar journey and have seen the Lord’s generosity. Your story is sure to encourage others. Please share it with us!
Everyone faces disappointment from time to time. We can feel disappointed about other people, ourselves, circumstances, our work, our families, or the world around us. The trick is to avoid letting that disappointment escalate to discouragement. We might wonder what to say to ourselves to overcome disappointment, or what to say to someone else who is discouraged. This short post offers several uplifting quotes about discouragement to help inspire a positive outlook and focus on God.
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Quotes About Discouragement and Hope
“If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead.”
“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
“I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'”
“I think that what women need to hear is that there is life after failure.”
Encouraging Words for the Disappointed
“Nobody else can make us discouraged; it is a choice that we alone make when facing disappointments.”
“The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.”
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
Disappointment Quotes from the Bible
There is no better hope for discouragement than the Word of God, which can sustain our hearts in every disappointment of life. Some of my favorite Bible Verses that help me through seasons of disappointment:
Proverbs 16:9 (CSB)
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (ESV)
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines discourage as dishearten; to deprive of courage or confidence; to dissuade from doing something. But Jesus is our Comforter and the lifter of our heads. In Christ we have unimaginable hope, even through difficult situations and circumstances. When we place our focus on Him, we can walk through disappointment with peace and surety. He stands with us no matter what we face. God is for us. He is our ally and no highs or lows or any created thing can separate us from His love (see Romans 8:39). What a tremendous help to overcome discouragement!
It’s safe to say we’ve all faced a large measure of discouragement over the past year. The definition of discouragement is a loss of confidence or enthusiasm (New Oxford American Dictionary). Many people have lost confidence in things that once provided security, such as employers, experts, leaders, and the like. As Christians, we’re taught through God’s Word to put our confidence in God alone. Accordingly, there are many Bible verses about discouragement that provide hope, even when life situations become challenging.
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What Can Cause Discouragement?
Before we look at the Scriptures, it’s helpful to understand some of what may cause feelings of discouragement. There are several factors involved, some of which are weariness, fear, and setbacks.
Weariness that leads to dismay
Weariness is one of the most prominent causes of discouragement. We can experience weariness physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In short, when we encounter difficult circumstances it becomes exhausting. We don’t sleep well, so we’re physically tired. We concentrate too hard, weighing multiple options about our situation and become mentally fatigued. Emotions become hard to navigate and the spiritual burden becomes hard to bear. Weariness fuels discouragement and causes us to lose confidence in ourselves, others, and our circumstance.
Fear that steals peace
When facing uncertainty, fear becomes a readily available tool of the enemy. He uses it against us as fiery darts, stealing our peace and causing us to feel disheartened and hopeless. In seasons where we experience fear, it feels so very hard to raise our shield of faith and combat it. Fear holds us in bondage and contributes to further discouragement.
Setbacks that cause disappointment
Another factor that adds to discouragement is setbacks. We strive and work to achieve certain outcomes, for example: working for years to accumulate retirement income; putting in countless hours to build a successful side hustle; pouring prayer and effort into parenting children who follow God. When our efforts are disrupted or when we encounter setbacks beyond our control, we often feel discouraged.
During the past many months of global pandemic, we’ve experienced all three of the primary factors of discouragement. In some manner, our world-wide population has encountered weariness, fear, and setbacks that have brought disappointment and discouragement.
How to Handle Discouragement
Thankfully, God’s Word gives us careful instruction and encouragement on how to handle discouragement. The Scriptures show us how to overcome disappointment and deal with discouragement to walk in victory.
There are many examples of discouragement in the Bible, along with stories of hope and healing for those afflicted. Staying focused on God’s Word brings peace we can never muster in our own strength. It’s helpful to place note cards with Bible verses in a place where you’ll see them often. They will remind you of God’s truth in your situation. For example, if you’re feeling hopeless, write out Romans 15:13 on a card and place it where you’ll see it and read it often. Allow its truth to penetrate your heart and mind.
To do find the most help with discouragement will require:
- naming each “category” of discouragement that you are experiencing by asking the Lord to help you identify those areas
- finding a Bible passage that dispels the lies of the enemy and points to God’s truth. Again, ask the Lord to help you identify the verses then find them. (Google is also a good tool. Type in “what does the Bible say about discouragement”)
- taking the time to write out the verses
- memorizing the verses so that when you’re not near your notecards you can still resist the enemy with the power of God’s truth
I’ve recently compiled a collection of Bible verses to help uplift anyone facing a difficult season of discouragement. Here they are:
15 Bible Verses About Discouragement
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lamentations 3:22-24 Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.”
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering since he who promised is faithful.
Psalm 33:22 May your faithful love rest on us, LORD, for we put our hope in you.
Romans 8:31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
2 Chronicles 20:15 This is what the Lord says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged . . . for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
To bring us to 15 Bible verses about discouragement, I’ve collected eight additional verses and designed them into printable notecards that you can carry with you or post in a prominent location.
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The Power of Worship to Find Encouragement
Worship is another powerful weapon to help overcome discouragement. Fill your home, your car, your mind, and your workplace (to the extent possible) with worship music. Praise Him continually. The Lord inhabits the praise of His people and where His light is, darkness flees. Whether we’re singing along with the music or listening to it in the background, it will begin to feel like a companion that helps keep thoughts positive and focused on God.
** By the way, all of the verses listed above are from the HCSB.
Please know that the Lord never leaves nor forsakes His children. Whatever you face today, you do not face it alone. He is with you. I encourage you to keep your mind fixed on Him. That is the surest way to embrace the gift of joy He has waiting for you.
Also, if you’re struggling with discouragement today, will you reach out and let me know so I can lift you in prayer? It’s my honor to stand with you during this difficult season.