We are each responsible for our own conduct” (Galatians 6:5 NLT).
You have just enough time to do God’s will while you’re here on Earth. You’ve been given just enough time to fulfill your purpose. When you try to do more than God planned for you, it’s only natural that you will find yourself constantly out of time or stressed over your schedule.
My prayer for you is that you will find relief from stress and a new sense of satisfaction as you do only the things God created you to do.
THERE IS NO PLACE so desolate that you cannot find Me there. When Hagar fled from her mistress, Sarah, into the wilderness, she thought she was utterly alone and forsaken. But Hagar encountered Me in that desolate place. There she addressed Me as the Living One who sees me. Through that encounter with My Presence, she gained courage to return to her mistress. No set of circumstances could ever isolate you from My loving Presence. Not only do I see you always; I see you as a redeemed saint, gloriously radiant in My righteousness. That is why I take great delight in you and rejoice over you with singing!
But the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness on the road to Shur. And He said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where did you come from, and where are you intending to go? And she said, I am running away from my mistress Sarai.
The Angel of the Lord said to her, Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control. Also the Angel of the Lord said to her, I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered for multitude. And the Angel of the Lord continued, See now, you are with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael [God hears], because the Lord has heard and paid attention to your affliction. And he [Ishmael] will be as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him, and he will live to the east and on the borders of all his kinsmen. So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me? Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi [A well to the Living One Who sees me]; it is between Kadesh and Bered.
GENESIS 16 : 7 – 14 (AMP)
Why We Get Discouraged
Nehemiah teaches us that there are usually four reasons for discouragement —
First, we get fatigued — We’re human beings and it is only natural that we get tired. You cannot burn the candle at both ends. So if you’re discouraged, it may be you just need a vacation!
Second, we get frustrated — Nehemiah says there was so much rubble all around that it was getting in the way of rebuilding the wall.
Think of the rubble as the trivial things that waste your time and energy, those things that prevent you from accomplishing what God has called you to do. If you are discouraged, you may need to clear away some of the rubble in your life.
Third, we think we’ve failed — Nehemiah’s people were unable to finish their task as quickly as originally planned and so their confidence collapsed.
Do you give in to self-pity? Do you start blaming other people? Do you start complaining that the task is impossible? Instead, refocus on God’s intentions and start moving again?
Fourth, we give in to fear — Fear will destroy your life if you let it. But you can choose to resist the discouragement that comes from fear.
Pray, “God help me get my eyes off the problem – off the circumstances – and keep my eyes on you.”