Remember His purposes during discouragement

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Today’s scripture reading:

* Don’t let people discourage you

Criticism couldn’t stop David.  While the rest of the army stood around, he knew the importance of taking action.  With God to fight for him, there was no reason to wait.  People may try to discourage you with negative comments or mockery, but continue to do what you know is right.  By doing what is right, you will be pleasing God, whose opinion matters most. (NLT)

1 Samuel 17:28-32 – But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry.   “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded.  “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of?  I know about your pride and dishonesty.  You just want to see the battle!”

“What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!”  He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer.  Then David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him.

“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told Saul.  “I’ll go fight this Philistine!”

* Ridicule can cut deeply, causing discouragement and despair.  Sanballat and Tobiah used ridicule to try to dissuade the Jews from building the wall.  Instead of trading insults, however, Nehemiah prayed, and the work continued.  When you are mocked for your faith or criticized for doing what you know is right, refuse to respond in the same way or to become discouraged.  Tell God how you feel and remember his promise to be with you.  This will give you encouragement and strength to carry on. (NLT)

Nehemiah 4:1-5 – Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall.  He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samaritan army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they are doing?  Do they think they can build the wall in a day if they offer enough sacrifices?  Look at those charred stones they are pulling out of the rubbish and using again!”

Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”

Then I prayed, “Hear us, O our God, for we are being mocked.  May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land!  Do not ignore their guilt.  Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in the presence of the builders.”

* Remember God’s purposes during discouragement 

Accomplishing any large task is tiring.  There are always pressures that foster discouragement–the task seems impossible, it can never be finished, or too many factors are working against us.  The only cure for fatigue and discouragement is focusing on God’s purposes.  Nehemiah reminded the workers of their calling, their goal, and God’s protection.  If you are overwhelmed by an assignment, tired and discouraged, remember God’s purpose for your life and his special purpose for the project. (NLT)

Nehemiah 4:10-14 – Then the people of Judah began to complain that the workers were becoming tired.  There was so much rubble to be moved that we could never get it done by ourselves.  Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.”

The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, “They will come from all directions and attack us!”  So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas.  I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.

Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy!  Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your friends, your families, and your homes!”

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