Dec 13, 2011
David Brainerd was a missionary to the American Indians in the 1700’s.
He died at the age of 29, from tuberculosis compounded by his exposure to cold.
After he died, Jonathan Edwards found a journal describing his spiritual experiences.
How he overcame discouragement
Here’s one of his entries —
“July 25 — Had little or no resolution for a life of holiness; was ready almost to renounce my hopes of living to God.
“But I was in some measure relieved by a comfortable meditation on God’s eternity, that He never had a beginning.
“From this I was led to admire His greatness and power in such a manner that I stood still and praised the Lord for His own glories and perfections.
“Thought I was an unholy creature, my soul was comforted to apprehend an eternal, infinite, powerful, holy God.”
(Slightly paraphrased from “The Life and Diary of David Brainerd,” p.125)
Next time you are discouraged, pray over verses which teach that God has always been — like Psa 90:2; Psa 93:2; Hab 1:12.
Ask the Holy Spirit to use this truth to help you feel God’s greatness and power — so you can join Brained in standing still and praising the Lord for His glories and perfections.
And see if this comforts you in your discouragement and hopelessness, the way it comforted David Brainerd.
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