Devotion: Do not be discouraged

Wayne Rector

 By Wayne Rector, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor resident

There is a song entitled, “Reach Out to Jesus,” which says, “is your burden heavy as you bear it all alone? Does the road you travel harbor danger yet unknown? Are you growing weary in the struggle of it all? Jesus will help you when on His name you call.”

So often in life, it seems, when we set out to do something good, or strive to reach a worthwhile goal, we find obstacles in our path that would discourage us.

The Apostle Paul warns us to “not be weary in well doing.” So if discouragement or weariness in well doing seeks to turn you aside or keep you from doing your best, hang in there, as the saying goes. Work like it all depended on you, and pray like it all depended on God. And, remember, reach out to Jesus, for he is always reaching out to you.

Let’s Pray. Our Father in Heaven, we thank you that you have not put us in the world struggle alone, but you are “a very present help in time of trouble.” We thank you for the light that guides our paths, and for Jesus who leads us when our way is not clear. In His name we pray. Amen.