It’s hard to not be dismayed or discouraged when a disturbing situation is faced. But you can get through it, whatever the loss or pain. I recently was on a journey where a threatened loss would change my life and those I love forever. Hence the dismay and discouragement. I don’t drink, but I was ready to go to Margaritaville! Instead I faced this devastation by seeking my Deliverer who stops the dismay and brings healing and restoration. Remember God loves you and He is your helper, your provision, your strength and, while weapons may be formed against you we have the promise that no weapon shall prosper! (See Isaiah 54:17)
I memorized a scripture years ago. I was glad to have it resurface in my spirit for it brought help again to a disturbing and dismaying situation. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not DISMAYED, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10 KJV)
The definition of dismay is consternation and distress, typically caused by something unexpected. Well, expect this: the power of God will prevail and you will be saved from your enemies. (See Psalm 18)
Here are six ways to dismiss dismay:
To approach the throne of God with our petitions and praises is a privilege. The very moment you pray the tide of battle turns and your enemies have to flee for God is on your side. (See Psalm 56:9) You serve a God who restores ruined cities and repairs broken relationships. (See Isaiah 61) It may be done slowly, one stone at a time, but He is the rock who restores.
I remember praying for my grandfather when I was a child because he wouldn’t go to church. When he was near eighty he almost died and he turned his life around. The tide of battle turned way back when I prayed, it just took a while.
Requests are good, but don’t just make it a litany of selfish desires. Instead bring the longing of your heart for a deeper faith walk to Him as you immerse yourself in His presence and magnify His name.
Practice praise and power will prevail. “Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid or dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15 KJV) They went on to victory and abundant provision as they praised the Lord. No matter what great multitude comes against you, God is greater and more capable to win any battle.
Make an intentional effort to think positive things. As you think it changes your brain wiring and the landscape of your brain. Your believing becomes your reality. The pathways of your brain lead to life or death. You have the power to choose. (See Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book “Switch On Your Brain” chapter 3, Your Choices Change Your Brain.)
The best path is the Word of God. Meditate on His promises, peace and power and you will not be fearful for there is perfect love that casts out fear. You will be courageous and have success. (See Joshua 1:8-9) If this task sounds daunting, make the effort to change the fret channel of your thoughts to the faith channel, one thought at a time.
Dismay may be caused by an ongoing situation. Place one foot in front of the other, both physically and emotionally. Allow time. If there is grief or loss involved you can’t get over it immediately, but you have help from the Comforter who helps you through anything and promises to never leave you.
Pace in peace, take a walk in the country, enjoy the quiet, the birds singing, the blue skies and colorful flowers. Take a walk on the beach where the soothing sounds of the waves lapping wash away dismay. It’s exhilarating to hear peace and quiet.
You are in a spiritual battle where the Devil and his demons seek to destroy life and relationships. There are things going on in our culture that would harm your kids and grandkids. Speak the name of Jesus over them. You have power and authority in His name over your family, your country, disease and dismay. The enemies’s efforts are puny and pale in comparison.
If you lose a loved one it’s tragic and you may never get over it, but you will always get through it. Jesus promised healing to the broken heart. He will always be with you. I know my son is more alive now than ever.
It’s okay to seek having a nice home and bills paid, but “Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” and God will provide. (Matthew 6:33 KJV) Seek God with your whole heart and you will find Him. (See Jeremiah 29:13) Pursue His power and presence, for the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you. (See Ephesians 1:18-20) Blessings, provision and authority abound as you pursue Him.
You are crucified with Christ, as is your shame, sin and despair, and you live in union with Christ as a new creation. (See Galatians 2:20) It’s liberating to know that dismay is dead to you! Dismiss dismay and focus on your Deliverer who dispenses freedom from anxiety, fear and dismay now and forever. Bless His Holy Name!