Discourage.

Exodus 6:9

9 So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.

Imagine being in the midst of brutal slavery in Egypt. You’re working outside in the brutal heat all day and you’re barely holding onto life as you know it. All the sudden, some dude comes and tells you that you will be saved. I would be like, “Get the heck outta here bro! You don’t know what you’re talking about. We are stuck working for the most powerful country in the world. There’s no getting out of this mess.”

To encourage means to speak courage into someone. To discourage means to dishearten or dismay. These can also be feelings. Today we find the people discouraged by the brutality of their slavery. They were feeling hopeless. They were feeling fear. They were feeling dismay and disheartenment. Moses tried to encourage them with words from the Lord, but they wouldn’t listen.

I’ll tell you what. I’ve been there. I have been so discouraged in my life where anything people said just didn’t matter. I was too broken and lost to be fixed, so I thought. Especially after college. I walked into a new season with NO CLUE on what God had for me. I wandered aimlessly for a while and became discouraged, but then this man Jesus gave me a tap on the shoulder and asked me to hangout more.

I shrugged him off a few times, but eventually gave in. We started talking and reading together. Once I let Jesus back into my life the discouragement began to fade. Jesus can do that. It might not be instant and it might not be perfect. We will never get back the time lost, but better late than never.

Follow Jesus and I promise, He will change your life as you know it. If you are already following Him, keep taking one step closer to Him every day. Imagine where you will be at the end of a year, two years, even a decade.

What is discouraging me right now?

Can Jesus help me walk out of my discouragement?

Dear Lord, you are all powerful. Remind us you are not a genie in a bottle, but rather you have a plan. Whatever has happened, is happening, or will happen is all for your perfect purpose. We love you so much. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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