“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NASB
The word dismayed caught my eye. I did a word search and “dismayed” is used 25 times in the Bible (depending on the version). So of course I had to look it up!
Dismayed: verb 1. To break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt. 2. To surprise in such a manner as to disillusion. 3. To alarm; perturb. Noun. 4. Sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment. 5. Sudden disillusionment. 6. Agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm.
Wow. That was a mouthful. Have you ever felt that way? I have. I have had those moments when I lost it. I just couldn’t hang on any more. As I was reading this, even the definition of the word left me feeling kind of heavy.
It has generally been when I was trying to do it all myself. I wasn’t truly trusting God. When I am trying to manage people, situations, crisis, or trouble, that is when I am vulnerable. Everything seems big. Bigger than I can handle. I get overwhelmed. That’s because it is!
That’s when I have to step back and look at the giant like David did. I need to step back so instead of seeing how big the giant is, I can see how big God is. That makes the giant seem small in comparison.
There are times when I have had to trust God with things that were very painful and even scary. At times I had to be gentle with myself. God was there and provided the encouragement. I stepped back and rested in Him. Other times I had to swallow my pride and ask for help. God was there to encourage me, provide guidance and give me hope.
But when I go to him, the discouragement lifts and the dismay dissolves. He fills me back up again.
Father, help me trust you long before I become dismayed. Help me to be strong and courageous, bringing everything to You instead of trying to handle it myself.