COMBATING DESPAIR

A brother asked an elder:

 

“Father, to what does the Prophet refer when he says, ‘There is no salvation for him in his God’ (Psalm 3:3)?”

 

The elder gave the following response to the brother’s inquiry:

 

“He is referring to thoughts of despair, which the demons place before the sinner, saying: ‘Neither now nor hereafter is it possible for God to save you.’ With such counsel they try cast the sinner into despair. But a person must contrast these thoughts with the words of the Holy Scriptures: ‘Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the snare’ (Psalm 24:15).”

 

Evergetinos, Vol. 1, Hypothesis 1(E)  pg. 12