Do Not Be Dismayed or Discouraged

You ever feel like this Christian life is too hard?  Do you ever feel like you’ll never get it right or your just not enough?  Are you sick of the attacks and think this is not how Christianity is supposed to work, therefore you must be doing something wrong?

If so, you are not alone.  We’ve all been there at one time or another.  However, I have found  unexpected encouragement in Joshua.

I don’t know about you, but when the Bible talks about the Promised Land, I pictured paradise.  I pictured another Garden of Eden so to speak where the Israelites’ lives were going to be easy-breezy once they got there.  I think many of us view Christianity that way as well.  We think that since we now have God, everything is going to be easy and when it isn’t, we often think we are being punished or God is just plain unfair.

Sound familiar?

Well, one thing is for sure, as found in the book of Joshua, life in the Promised Land was anything but easy.  Yes, they had God on their side, but they still had to lay their own agendas down and be obedient to the Lord.  They still had to fight in battle after battle.  God never promised them or us it was going to be easy, so quit being shocked and disappointed when trials, tribulations, and battles come.

I want to leave you today with a scripture that is repeated several times, in many different ways throughout the Israelites journey into the Promised Land:

Deuteronomy 31: 8-And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

I believe this sentiment is repeated so many times throughout the Bible because God knows we need it.  He knows the Christian life is not full of roses and sunshine.  He wants us to know, and I mean, KNOW that He is always there no matter where we are on our journey (just like he was with the Israelites).

Have a blessed day,

Missy

 

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