Dealing with Discouragement
Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 20, 21; Psalm 111; Revelation 8
Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 20:45 – 21:5
Can you imagine living as a prophet in Old Testament times? What an awesome job that must have been, filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The upside, of course, was the ability to walk and talk with God daily, but these prophets must have also faced discouragement when their own people refused to listen to their warnings. In today’s key passage, we see a little of this discouragement from the prophet Ezekiel. After proclaiming God’s message to His people, he voiced his own discouragement to God when he said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! They are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?” (Vs. 49)
In the beginning of chapter 21, we see God’s answer to Ezekiel’s complaint, but His solution might surprise us. God did not choose to try to calm Ezekiel’s aggravation or give him a break from his ministry, nor did He force the people to listen to Ezekiel. Instead, God simply gave Ezekiel his next assignment. God knew that most of the time, the best way to deal with discouragement is to keep moving forward.
As we walk out our Christian lives of service, most of us will probably face discouragement from time to time. We might face times when we do not feel like we are making a difference or we might think no one is listening. When we turn to God with our frustrations, we might expect Him to respond in a certain way, but His solution might surprise us. He might help us deal with our discouragement by giving us additional assignments, or showing us a new way to serve Him and others. Be open to God’s plans and His solutions, because they are always more effective than anything we can imagine on our own.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on September 3, 2014, in 26 - Ezekiel and tagged Anger, Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, Jesus, Perseverance, Questioning God, Religion, Service, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.