For those of a certain age, do you remember the TV show Dragnet? One of the detectives, when interviewing people, became known for his catchphrase, “just the facts, ma’am,” or “just the facts, sir.” In building a case for a court of law to decide, both defenders and prosecutors want — just the facts.
When you and I get discouraged, we are saddened in heart, but someone is always smiling in wicked glee; our arch enemy Satan, who has been a liar from the beginning and is the “father of lies,” as we are told in John 8:44. He is thrilled when we get down. It is at the first moment of our despondency that he begins his tactics. He will start whispering to you, making you question your Heavenly Father’s love for you. He did that with Eve. He does not change. He may ask, “does God really care for you? Why hasn’t He helped you? Where is He? Perhaps He is tired of you always making mistakes, getting it wrong. He’s probably given up on you. Why wouldn’t He? You’re useless, you’re no good to anyone,” etc. etc. etc. The lies go on and on in endless cruelties hurled with brutal and callous hatred for you. Nothing of Satan can ever be trusted. He is a liar. Never forget that important fact.
Our Heavenly Father, by stark contrast, only ever speaks truth. He speaks in pure love. Everything He does is good and holy. He always has your best interest in His heart. Everything He says is truth, not some of the time, but all of the time.
The next time discouragement sets in and the arch enemy begins spitting out his lies; remember, stick with the facts, just the facts. Here are a few:
“You (Lord) know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.” Psalm 139:2. (Italics mine)
“Give all your worries and cares to God, because He cares about you.” I Peter 5:7
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who says to you, ‘Fear not, I am the One who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13
Aren’t the above beautiful and encouraging verses? The Bible has many. Go on a search. Find them. Remember them. His words are always — just the facts — loving, comforting, facts.