There’s a story about the devil auctioning off his tools. He had a high price on pride, laziness, arrogance, hate, envy, and jealousy. But there was one tool that had a sign under it, “Not For Sale.” Someone said, “What is that tool and why isn’t it for sale?” “Well,” he said, “I can’t afford to get rid of that one. It’s my chief tool. It is the tool of discouragement. With this tool, I can force my way into a heart. Once I get in, I can do almost anything that I want.”
If you are discouraged this morning, remember God loves you, and He is in control of your circumstances. Even though you might be going through a trial or experiencing pain today, God is sovereign, and He has a plan for your life. Although you can’t see all that He is trying to do ... it is His wonderful love that is transforming you and perfecting you. Don’t ever forget that you were created to bring glory to His name!
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;