At a time when Isaiah felt like all his work was useless, this is what he declared: “Yet I will leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward” (Isaiah 49:4, NLT).
There are times when that’s all you can do as a writer. It’s like discouragement has seeped into your bones. You’ve put so much effort into this book or blog or whatever it is, but it doesn’t seem like anything is happening. It doesn’t seem to be growing; you currently hate everything you’ve written, and would anyone even notice if you stopped writing? Like Isaiah said, it feels like all your work is useless.
That’s a moment that can become gold for you. In times of discouragement and despair, there is nothing you can do but trust God with your words. You can choose to draw your gaze away from everything that’s going wrong or could go wrong. Putting your back to all the swirling emotions that are trying to drag you toward the carpet, you can decide to trust instead, accepting by faith that the Lord will bring you the reward He has promised.
Trust is a courageous act that beautifies everything it touches. Though difficult, it is a key element that turns your writing into more than writing—it becomes worship. You are giving God a sacrifice of praise that carries spiritual weight even in times of heaviness.
If you’re struggling with discouragement, take the following verse to heart. Write it down or set it as a reminder on your phone. Repeat it as often as necessary:
But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded. (2 Chron. 15:7)