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Our hope is in a God who keeps His promises

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011, at 12:52 PM

Discouragement

"And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom, and the people became impatient (depressed, much discouraged), because [of the trials] of the way." (Numbers 21:4, AMP)

Often when we feel discouraged it can lead to hopelessness, exhaustion, and brokenness. Unforeseen trials can bring about feelings of depression and despair. However, it is through these trials that we have the opportunity to meet with God face to face, seizing every moment to cling to Him as He carries us through our weakness.

Numbers 21:4 tell us that the Israelites became "impatient." By the time they had become impatient, God had already delivered them from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, and delivered their enemies into their hands. Yet still they were discouraged!

It is human nature for us to want to give up when the furnace of our lives becomes too hot. Nonetheless, even through trials, may we be people who persevere and not become impatient. Trust that God is making a way where there seems to be no way. Rest assured that He has your best interest at heart. As Christians, we must be courageous and make our face like flint and let not the discouragements of this world pursuay us to turn away from Him.

The god of this world would like to discourage you from believing the promises God has given you. He revels in being able to plant seeds of doubt. He persuaded Eve to disobey God in the garden by saying, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?"(see Genesis 3:1) Moses, in his discouragement, disobeyed God and died right before he was about to enter into the Promise Land. May we not give up the right to obey God right before our promises come to pass!

Have faith on what is unseen and do not allow bitterness to take root because of a discouraged heart. When we allow bitterness and discouragement to take place, all things appear dim. Suddenly, everything and everyone irritate us.

Even through trials and turbulence, the Lord will hear your prayers. Even through life's difficulties, know that our God will not allow you to be crushed (although at times it may seem unbearable).

Since we engage with a God that grants us favor, benefits, opportunities and especially salvation, let us not become spiritless or despondent with fear. Our hope is in a God that will keep His promises, even through our feelings of discouragement.

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .



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