8 Scriptures to Inspire You When You Feel Stuck

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8 Scriptures to Inspire You When You Feel Stuck

From time to time, while in the process of drafting a new article or short story, I find myself in a mental conundrum. The kind I so desperately want to escape, but as the cliched movie villain always says, escape is futile. Sometimes the same conundrum affects me on an emotional level, even spiritually. I feel a certain way and don’t want to, but the villain tells me yet again, escape is futile.

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“Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

Very often, we observe nature but don’t study any of its specifics. We don’t explore ideas like God providing food for the birds each and every day. If God is active in their lives and other wild animals, why would He not be all the more invested in us, creations made in His image?

“But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Waiting is one of the biggest challenges we face as believers, but it is also a challenge met with a promise. God will renew our strength. Therefore, whether we are waiting hours, days, months, or years, and for whatever reason, we can rest assured that God’s word is true. He knows our circumstances and is invested in the outcome, even more so than us. We don’t always get what we want, but we get what we need.

“Stop fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

No one can blame us for striving to bring our dreams and goals to fruition. After all, God is not a wish-granting genie. We don’t just pray about things, we act in tandem with those prayers. Where we do deserve blame is when we allow our striving to lead us away from God. Our actions and our prayers should remind us of who commands our lives.

“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Scripture admonishes us to use our God-given talents to serve people. And by serving people, we, in turn, bring honor to the Lord. Scripture also indicates that everyone has a gift. We simply have to take the time to discover our talents, then find ways to serve in a God-fearing fashion. Some talents are innate to us, others are learned with time and practice. Your potential talents could include cooking, communication, writing, teaching, driving, singing, dancing, research, and so much more. If you’re still unsure, ask God to make your gifts apparent. Then go out and use them.

“Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold” (Proverbs 3:13-14)

As adults, even though we age, we have the choice of remaining the same. We have that choice on an emotional and spiritual level. Growing up can be hard. Living the life of a God-fearing adult requires plenty of responsibility and the willingness to do the uncomfortable. But the uncomfortable is sometimes where God wants us. The Lord desires for His children to grow up, learn, and become better people, that is to say, become more like Christ. Though the idea of growing up sounds intimidating, the benefits are immeasurable. We become more like Jesus, make a greater impact on those around us, and exert greater influence over our own lives.

Hoping, waiting, growing, and trusting in God, there are so many areas of our life where staying inspired is a challenge. The inner critic tells us that escape is futile, and the temptation is to believe just that. However, just like in every circumstance before, he exaggerates. He always exaggerates.

Inspiration does come and go, but it always comes back again. Sometimes inspiration finds us when we least expect, but first, we have to stop our striving. We have to consider doing things in a new way. God’s way. Let that be an encouragement to keep pushing forward when your frustration mounts and your perspective grows dark. Today is not tomorrow, and tomorrow is not today. Those life blocks don’t last forever, and through Christ, we, along with our circumstances, can always change.

Not seemingly, but definitely.

aaron brown profile pic bioAaron D'Anthony Brown is a freelance writer, hip-hop dance teacher, and visual artist, living in Virginia. He currently contributes work to iBelieve, Crosswalk, and supports various clients through the platform Upwork. He's an outside-the-box thinker with a penchant for challenging the status quo. Check out his short story “Serenity.”