Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Pathetic. A word used to describe some of the most profound compositions in musical history. It was the subtitle of a piano sonata written by Beethoven in 1797. This music was revolutionary for its time, rich in emotion, moving listeners for more than 200 years. “Pathetic” also was the subtitle of a symphony by Tchaikovsky, and his Pathetique plunged the depths of emotional despair.

Emotions like these may help motivate great art, but they don’t necessarily result in fulfillment. In joy and peace. In the full blessings of God. In victory.

How should we react when we are discouraged? When it feels that nothing matters and all is lost? One of the worst responses is to wallow in despair. To feel sorry for ourselves. To feel hopeless. It can help to express our concerns in words or music, or to share these feelings with a spiritually mature pastor or counselor, and get their advice.

But in moments like these, perhaps the most important response is to turn to God. To meditate on His Word. To fill our minds with His promises. To spend time in prayer. As Paul wrote, “Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God…will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, PHILLIPS).

When he battled discouragement, the Psalmist realized that he could not find answers by trusting in other people, or even himself. The right response was to hope in God.

If this happens to you, don’t give up. Trust in God. Praise and thank Him for His answers. Declare His promises to be true. And hope in Him!