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Sunday’s Reflections

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Today’s Sunday school lesson was about discouragement, and much of the focus was on the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah’s dream was to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, but there was so much adversity surrounding the project that many of those who followed became discouraged and was ready to give up.

Even in the midst of all the naysayers and unbelievers of God’s plans, Nehemiah still called on the Lord’s name because he knew that the final ending was written by Him, not their enemies or the unbelieving children of God.

Nehemiah did not pray for deliverance from the situation, nor did he pray for other more dedicated workers. Instead he helped his people change perspective and pull through. He worked with what he had– his people and God’s unyielding love and mercy– and fought his battle until victory became evident.

Nehemiah’s perseverance and faith was rewarded because before long, the builders began to change their attitude and perspective. They began to help and encourage one another. My Sunday School teacher said once this happened, real change and progress took place, the people began to “see the dream in the sky become the dream on earth”. Or in other words, they began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am still new at this, so I don’t know how the book ends and I have not yet had the chance to review my notes on my own to get the full story but none the less, the lesson was still inspirational.

So, for those of you who read this: single, married, divorced, Black, white, poor, rich, education or lonely, know that GOD IS THERE. Sometimes, like some of like to think, God is not there just for deliverance, He is also there to teach us and build us up into the people he meant for us to be. Sometimes when you are in a difficult situation the best thing may not be to ask for deliverance and run, but to stay and work it out. Allow God to work on you, on your character. And in the end your gain will be so much more prosperous: physically, mentally, emotionally and most of all spiritually.

So if your marriage has hit the rocks OR Your grades are falling OR You’ve been struck with sudden illness OR Your finances have been depleted OR Your job is less than what you hoped for OR Your life isn’t going the way your planned OR Anything else enemy can do has been done to you…

In the midst of discouragement please don’t run, don’t even call a trusted friend first. Just close your eyes, open your heart and call on God. Don’t say please take this away from me. Instead, ask God what YOU are supposed to gain from the experience: what lesson? what character builder? Sometimes we are so busy trying to run away from pain and despair, that we leave behind blessings and even parts of ourselves too. And this is how many of us make the same mistakes over and over again. Because God is trying to show us something, give us something, but we are so focused on our disappointment and discouragement, that we fail to see what’s really going on and end up back in the same place we asked to be delivered from.

So the next you feel discouraged about anything. Pray and ask God, “What is this all for?” And I promise, He will have an answer waiting for you.

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