When Life Gets Discouraging

“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us…(Matthew 20:31)

There are some days when I find myself crying out, “Lord, son of David, have mercy on me!” Today happens to be one of those days. If I could be quite honest, it’s because, without Him, I’ll become blinded by my own need for approval, and the disappointing circumstances and moments that have filtered their way into my life.
These blind men in Matthew 20 wanted to see and Jesus showed great compassion upon them so that they regained their sight. You and I constantly need to have our sight regained. It’s far too easy to fix our gaze on things that are disappointing and hurtful to us.
I think if Jesus were here, He’d say something like, “Beloved, don’t you know that I love you? Don’t you understand that I knew this would come your way? Don’t you believe that my mercy and grace is enough for you to walk this journey?”
Maybe I forget that because I’m not seeing with His eyes. Instead, I become bogged down with what I can only see in front of me, which feels hopeless and scary, defeating and discouraging. Yet, it was God who parted the Red Sea and delivered Israel from a hopeless situation. It was God who made the walls of Jericho fall. Therefore, it will be God who brings victory for you in the darkest of valleys in your life too.
Don’t be afraid to cry out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” I’ll be doing the same with you, awaiting His perfect provision, peace, and mercy for my life today.
Lord, I trust you. Truth is, all I have is you. Help me to see with eyes that are open to your grace and your leading. Lord, I feel misunderstood. I hate that, but I know that as I entrust each situation to you, that you will work all things out for your perfect glory, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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