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In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. ...
(Ruth 1:1-22) ESV

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. And on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul's camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. David said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.” Then David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” ...
(2 Samuel 1:1-27) ESV

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14) ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
(Romans 15:13) ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9) ESV

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
(1 John 4:8) ESV1

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Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
--Lord Chesterfield – British Statesman Born 1694 Died 1773

The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one's self.
--Baruch Spinoza – Dutch Philosopher Born 1632 Died 1677

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
--George Eliot – British Author Born 1819 Died 1880

This is God's work. Therefore it must be triumphant. There is no place for misgiving or despondency.
--Joseph Barber Lightfoot – English Theologian Born 1828 Died 18894
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Despondency and the Bible

Have you ever been despondent? A despondent person according to Webster, is a person who has lost confidence, courage, or hope. A despondent person is also a person who has become disheartened or depressed. Despondency has a demoralizing affect upon anyone suffering from it. Despondency can be devastating and destructive.

The Jewish exiles were suffering from the demoralizing effects of Babylonian captivity. Their despondency is seen in Isaiah 40:27 . . . Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God?” (Isaiah 40:27)

This is the heart cry of a despondent nation. This can become the heart cry of a despondent person. One who has lost confidence, courage, or hope. Concerning the nation of Israel while in Babylonian captivity, Psalm 137 further depicts their demoralizing condition . . . “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion” (Psalm 137:1-3).

One thing despondency does is to take away our song. This is what happened to Israel, as seen in verse 4 . . . “How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?” (Psalm 137:4).

The answer to despondency is found in God’s Word. In our text and in the larger context of chapter 40, the prophet Isaiah responds to their questions with one of the greatest confessions of faith to be found in the Bible. His confession of faith is found in vs. 28-31. These verses instruct us as to how we are to deal with despondency.

First, he points us to . . . THE GREATNESS OF GOD.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable” (Isaiah 40:28).

The greatness of God is contrasted with . . . THE FRAILTY OF MAN.

As human beings, we are fragile. We are easily bruised and broken. We are prone to become despondent and demoralized when things and events do not turn out according to our expectations. . .

“Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly...” (Isaiah 40:30)

The frailty of man and the strength of God is sharply focused in the power of faith. To overcome despondency, then, is to exercise God given faith.

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31).2


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Definition of Despondent

Disheartened; low-spirited; as, a despondent manner; a despondent prisoner.3     




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