If you have been a Christian for very long~ then you have been discouraged. Maybe even frustrated in your walk with the Lord. I am just being "real" today. (This is what my devotion was on this morning.) I have been disappointed with a situation. If we have our eyes on man ~ we will be discouraged. We even discourage ourselves.
We read in the 11th chapter of Hebrews all kinds of things the Jewish people suffered for their God. They were mocked, scourged, put in chains, imprisoned, stoned, tempted, threatened with death by the sword and they were ultimately homeless. Now ~ I am feeling better. How about you? Never had any of those things happen to me. So~ I have no need to be bellyaching!
As my devotion stated this morning if we read on in Hebrews 12 we are encouraged by the Israelites and their walk. They endured! Yet~ I really don't want to keep going around the same bush for 40 years. I would rather learn my lessons that the Lord wants me to learn much quicker so I can move on. How about you?
King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
This morning I am reminded that I have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me and so do my brothers and sisters in the Lord that I am disappointed with~ did you catch that? We are ALL to lay aside our every encumbrance and sin and get all those things that entangle us (Thinking this may mean Facebook in today's world.) out of our way and run the race that God has for us to run.
It is only my job to make sure I obey the Lord and the Word of God~ no matter if others do it or not. But in our hurt feelings, we want to hold on to our offenses. This will only enslave us and keep us going round and round that bush until we finally learn the lesson that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus and Him alone.
When I am fixing my eyes on Jesus it keeps my mind off what I think may be an injustice. Jesus is the author of my faith ~ not man. He is the finisher of my faith. He endured the sin of my brothers and sisters and HE ENDURED MY SIN on that horrible cross.
Jesus is seated this morning on the right hand of His Father. That position reveals His power as the Son of God. So~ I don't need to take up the offense for others or even myself. I just need to lay it all at the feet of Jesus and trust that He will take care of it all.
When we follow the instructions of Hebrews 12 we will find ourselves encouraged instead of discouraged.