In a world surrounded by 24-hour information and reminders on social media of tragedy and heartache, it’s simple to fall into the abyss of discouragement and anxiousness. Even Jesus followers wrestle to carry on to hope. What’s the hopeful steering from God’s Phrase for occasions while you really feel overwhelmed, defeated, and nugatory? How can the Bible enable you to conquer despair when the previous paralyzes, right this moment disappoints, and the longer term is horrifying?
Bible Gateway interviewed Jason Meyer (@WePreachChrist) about his e book, Don’t Lose Coronary heart: Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul (Baker Books, 2019).
What do you imply discouragement is a liar?
Jason Meyer: Discouragement is a classy lie as a result of it comes clothed in a half-truth. Discouragement will get solely half of actuality proper. It reminds us of all that’s towards us. And that’s true. A fallen world is filled with actual causes to lose coronary heart. The Bible acknowledges this actuality. It was pure for Elishas servant to lose coronary heart when he noticed that the Syrian military was surrounding them. However Elisha prayed that his servant would see the total reality, not the half-truth. Those that are with us are greater than those that are with them (2 Kings 6:16). We lose coronary heart once we imagine the lie that each one that’s towards us is bigger than the one who’s for us. We lose coronary heart once we lose sight of all we’ve got in Christ. There are actual causes to lose coronary heart, however the causes to take coronary heart are at all times larger.
That is the best way the Bible speaks to discouragement repeatedly and once more. It doesn’t faux that the issues will not be there; it merely declares that there’s extra to see. We are able to take coronary heart once we see the larger image.
What’s the story that helped you visualize Hebrews 12:2?
Jason Meyer: The introduction of the e book discusses the story of Ben Comen. He ran cross-country in highschool, however he at all times completed final. Ben had cerebral palsy so he’d journey and fall; he didn’t carry his ft excessive sufficient when he ran. And he’d fall exhausting as a result of his mind didn’t ship alerts to his physique quick sufficient to place his arms beneath him to interrupt his fall. He’d end the race bruised and bloodied, however he at all times completed. Folks could be weeping within the stands as they watched him hold getting up after falling.
Different group members and even members of the opposing group would end the race, however then return and run with him to verify he completed. It is a image of the plural of Hebrews 12:2Let us run with endurance the race set earlier than us (my emphasis). We’re not meant to run the race alone and we’re not meant to battle discouragement alone.
What does visiting an optometrist need to do with the topic of discouragement?
Jason Meyer: This e book is sort of a journey to the optometrist. Discouragement retains testing our imaginative and prescient. The battle towards discouragement can be a battle for sight. The Bible calls us to cease looking at how huge our issues are and begin gazing at how a lot larger our God is.
When confronted by the greatness of the Babylonian military, God calls his folks to resize the scenario in gentle of his greatness. The nations are like mud on the scales or a drop within the bucket in comparison with him (Isaiah 40:15). He holds the waters within the hole of hand (Isaiah 40:12). He can decide up the mountains and weighs them on the scales the best way we weigh a bunch of bananas on the grocery retailer (Isaiah 40:12).
How is discouragement a type of id theft?
Jason Meyer: Many Christians wrestle with an id deficiency as a result of they lose sight of the cross, with the end result that their sin appears greater than their savior. Due to this fact, discouragement is a type of id theft. We don’t obtain our id in Christ; we obtain it as a result of it was bought for us on the cross. Nevertheless, when our sin turns into greater than the cross, our sin turns into our id.
Lets get actually sensible. As a Christian, you’re not residing for an id however from an id. For instance, while you’re combating the sin of anger, you enable it to grow to be your id while you say, I’m an offended individual. In distinction, you testify to your true id while you say, I’m a baby of God in Christ who typically struggles with anger. These two statements are related however stunningly totally different of their understanding of the cross of Christ.
Identification theft occurs once we lose sight of all that we have already got in Christ. We should keep in mind that God doesn’t keep in mind our sins anymore (Isaiah 43:25). We should not overlook that God doesn’t overlook us (Isaiah 49:15).
What’s a favourite Bible passage of yours and why?
Jason Meyer: Isaiah 40 is one in every of my favourite passages as a result of it continually forces me to check my imaginative and prescient and make God my imaginative and prescient. God pulls out all of the stops to encourage his folks by saturating that chapter with many God-sized photographs to assist us in our battle for sight. He helps our unbelief by confronting us with all that he’s for us. Within the battle towards discouragement, we dont simply want a imaginative and prescient from God, however a imaginative and prescient of God.
What are your ideas about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App and Bible Audio App?
Jason Meyer: Bible Gateway is without doubt one of the finest websites on the web for all issues Bible. It’s a mighty weapon within the Lords hand as a result of the Phrase of God doesn’t return empty. The Phrase of God at all times accomplishes the aim of God (Isaiah 55:11). Bible Gateway helps us grow to be what the well-known Baptist preacher, C. H. Spurgeon stated in regards to the well-known Puritan preacher, John Bunyan. Spurgeon stated that when you pricked Bunyan anyplace with a pin-prick, he’d bleed Bible. O how I pray the identical might be stated of each Christian.
Is there anything youd prefer to say?
Jason Meyer: I can think about folks studying this interview who’re overwhelmed. What would I say on to them if I had been sitting throughout from them? I’d say dont lose coronary heart as a result of God is just not executed.
If we noticed a stadium within the early phases of being constructed when it’s only a huge gap within the floor, we’d doubt the architects design if we thought the work was executed. In the identical manner, we’ve got to keep in mind that we cant decide our Fathers design on your life as a result of it’s not completed but. He’s not executed.
We see this identical level time and time once more as we learn the Bible. God wasnt executed when Joseph was in jail, when Jeremiah was within the pit, or when Jonah was within the fish. He wasnt executed when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had been within the fireplace, and when Daniel was within the lions den. He wasnt executed when Pharaoh was oppressing the Israelites, when Haman was plotting towards Mordecai, when Herod was killing infants, and when Saul was persecuting Christians. He wasnt executed when Sarahs womb was barren, when Ruth was a widow, and when the virgin Mary was advised she would bear a son. He was not executed when Naaman had leprosy, when Bartimaeus was blind, and when Lazarus was lifeless. He was not executed when Noah constructed an ark, when Aaron made a golden calf, and when David took a census. He was not executed when Goliath taunted the armies of Israel, when Jezebel killed the prophets of Israel, and when the Babylonians destroyed the temple of Israel.
And don’t overlook that he wasn’t executed when Jesus was rejected by his hometown, betrayed by Judas, abandoned by his disciples, denied by Peter, tried by the Sanhedrin, condemned by Pilate, mocked by the troopers, nailed to the cross, and buried in Josephs tomb.
The tomb is empty. Our Savior is risen. Our God is working all issues for the nice of those that love him and are referred to as in line with his goal (Romans 8:28). What extra proof do you want? God isn’t executed with you. It doesn’t matter the place you might be or the place you’ve beenGod is just not executed so we don’t lose coronary heart.
Bio: Jason C. Meyer (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor for preaching and imaginative and prescient at Bethlehem Baptist Church and affiliate professor of New Testomony at Bethlehem Faculty and Seminary. He’s the writer of Don’t Lose Coronary heart: Gospel Hope for the Discouraged Soul, Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life, Preaching: A Biblical Theology, and a commentary on Philippians within the ESV Expository Commentary sequence.
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