Overcoming Discouragement

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

We can imagine the excitement. How hopeful these Jews must have felt! After years in exile, they were returning to their homeland. They had received the blessing of Cyrus, the Persian leader. “What could go wrong?” some must have wondered.

Yet, after their arrival, they experienced waves of problems. Those living in the land made life difficult for the returning exiles. They charged them with rebellion, spread gossip, and made false accusations.

Faced with this hostile opposition, it would have been easy for the Jews to become discouraged or give up. But they persisted, and eventually they gained the victory.

The world still is filled with people who resist the Kingdom of God and His work. This opposition takes on many forms. They may taunt and ridicule Believers or engage in various kinds of persecution. They may attempt to distract or discredit us and keep us from living for Christ or spreading the Gospel. They may seek to encourage fear and doubt.

How do we respond to such opposition? We, too, could become discouraged or feel defeated. Instead, we need to focus on God and always move forward in faith, staying committed to His Kingdom, sensitive to His Spirit, and constantly obedient to His Word. We need to trust Him to guide and protect us and bring us victory.

In your life, as Peter reminded, don’t be “surprised at the fiery ordeal” you might experience. In every situation, seek to stay faithful, and “keep on rejoicing.” Amid life’s trials, remember your eternal destiny (1 Peter 4:12-13 NASB).

Don’t let anything distract you, and don’t let anyone intimidate you. Instead, trust in God. Move forward in faith!