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Have you ever been discouraged? Maybe you are discouraged right now. You can be discouraged when negative events happen in your life that make you wonder if it is worth it to keep going on. It seems far easier and less painful to give up and quit rather than to continue and struggle onward through the pain. Think of a runner in a marathon race; the race is very long and he is tired and perhaps in great pain. It would be easier for the runner to stop and sit down by the road rather than push through the pain and continue onward. He wonders if he is even able to finish or if the goal of finishing is worth the suffering he has to go through.

When I think of examples in the Bible of discouragement, I think of the prophet Elijah. The Israelites had turned away from God. But Elijah had just been part of a wonderful miracle which demonstrated the power of God to the Israelites when fire came down from heaven to consume the burnt sacrifice, the wood, the stones of the altar and the water poured on the altar (1 Kings 18:38). Elijah had also prayed that it would rain again after 3 years and 6 months without rain and God had answered his prayer with rain. But now Queen Jezebel had promised to kill him, so he was running for his life. He was greatly discouraged.

And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (1 Kings 19:14)

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Ed Anderson
(Sierra Vista, AZ)


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