Discouragement is a natural part of ministry, or serving the Lord, no one is exempt from it. The question is what to do with it. David knew his son Solomon would have some discouraging days ahead of him as he sought to complete the building of the temple. Thus, he charged him;
And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God — my God — will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. (1 Chronicles 28:20)
Encouragement is the antidote against discouragement. In David’s words of encouragement, we find a two-fold assurance;1) God is with us. David declares “my God!” The same God who enabled him to kill lions as a shepherd boy, who took out Goliath, and defeated all his enemies! This God will be with you! Discouragement cannot ride along with us when Jesus is in the car with us; it may try to hitch a ride from us, but we must not stop and let it ride. Keep driving toward the destiny God has for you. The second encouraging thing we find in David’s exhortation to Solomon is; 2) You will finish the work. I’ve often taken comfort in the “fact,” satan can do nothing “about me” until God is finished “with me!”I am often my greatest enemy; thus, from time to time I find myself discouraged due to personal failures, mistakes and sometimes, outright sin! As with Paul my prayer has often been, “Who can free me from this wretched man that I am?” Then Paul gives the answer;
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1)
Because we are in Him and His presence is with us the work, what God has called you to do, will be accomplished without question! When you are discouraged know that Christ is not only “with you” but you are “in Him.” Therefore, it is His strength, His ability, and not our which will complete the task at hand! In Christ, satan has no strategy which will cause us to fail, unless we aid him, through unrepentant sin. In God, in Christ, Solomon finished the task before him; not because he was a great strategists, but because God had ordained the work, in “Himself!”
Today do not be dismayed, (dismayed, literally means: to break down in confusion); but be “strong and of good courage” If you feel broke down, busted and disgusted, remember God is with you and you are in Christ! God has a ministry for you to fulfill, just as David gave his son Solomon the plans and the materials to complete the task, (1 Chronicles 28:11-19); the materials and plans have already been submitted by God for the task He has called you to complete also, in Christ! May the Lord richly bless you as you seek to fulfill that which He has ordained for you.
For His Glory,Pastor Al