Discouraged? Look to Paul
Be Strong, Be Well — Friday, June 26
So many things come along in life that could discourage us, if we allowed it. And sometimes we do.
If there was ever a time in our history to become overwhelmed with events and situations that could cause us to become discouraged, that time is now. Everything related to the virus is only part of the many factors contributing to discouragement. There are many personal struggles we all have that can be piled on top of everything else.
We often say, we can always find someone worse off than ourselves. Well, God gave us an example in Paul. Look at 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, which I have put in list form.
“...I am more: in labors more abundant
in stripes above measure
in prisons more frequently
in deaths often. five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods
once I was stoned
three times I was shipwrecked
a night and a day I have been in the deep
in journeys often
in perils of waters
in perils of robbers
in perils of my own countrymen
in perils of the Gentiles
in perils in the city
in perils in the wilderness
in perils in the sea
in perils among false brethren in weariness and toil
in sleeplessness often
in hunger and thirst
in fastings often
in cold and nakedness
besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.”
As I look at this list, most any one of these things could stop me in my tracks! Yet, Paul didn’t become disheartened or discouraged no matter how much was piled on him.
Dangers, hardships, and sufferings are common to all of us. We are challenged to be more like Paul, who through patience, perseverance, and diligence, was able to overcome without slipping into discouragement and despair. —Chris