22nd November 2018

Discouragement

“Then he [Elijah] went on alone into the wilderness, travelling all day, and sat down under a broom bush and prayed that he might die.”
1 Kings 19:4 (TLB)

Even individuals of great courage and conviction have moments when they feel discouraged. After the euphoric victory on Mount Carmel, Elijah’s emotions wavered. He was not indestructible. He had human weaknesses—Elijah was a normal human being. It’s amazing to think that Elijah was a man of faith who had prayed earnestly that no rain would fall and none fell for three and a half years! Yet he became very discouraged after hearing what Jezebel said that she would do to him. “’I’ve had enough,’ he told the Lord, ‘Take away my life. I’ve got to die sometime, and it might as well be now’” (verse 5).

When Nehemiah received news that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, he entered into a four-month period of prayer and fasting. When the work began on rebuilding the wall he could have become discouraged because of the opposition to the rebuilding of the wall by Sanballat and Tobiah, but this did not deter him and those that worked with him. Why? Not only because he had the King’s permission but because he trusted God.

Christians today are no different. Yes, we walk by faith not by sight, but this does not mean that there will not be times of discouragement. In times of discouragement, let’s remember to take courage from such Scriptures as 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV), “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” What better way to encourage ourselves in times of discouragement than to do what King David did in 1 Samuel 30:6 (AMPC) King David “encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord.”

We can also find encouragement from family members, Christians brothers and sisters and friends, but we should go to God in prayer first. Today is the American Thanksgiving Day and considering what we have to be thankful for, thinking of those with greater problems than ours and pausing to give thanks can go a long way to dispelling discouragement.

Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for the encouragement and strength we can have through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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