“12 May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” -1 Chronicles 22:12-13
When David commanded his son Solomon to build the temple of the Lord, we find words of wisdom applicable to our lives today. What are they? First, we are to ask the Lord for wisdom to live according to his ways. Second, we are called to live in obedience to God. Third, we are to be strong and courageous. Fourth, we are not to be afraid or discouraged.
Which of these four commands are the most difficult for you to follow today? For me, it is certainly the last one–discouragement. When the day (or days) feel stacked against me, the brain chooses discouragement, saying, “You’ll never make it. Give up. This is too big for you to attempt.” The truth is that sometimes I do listen to the voice of discouragement. When I do, my path doesn’t become easier; it becomes even more difficult.God never promised an easy path. He instead promised to be with us on the path, whether mountain or valley. Don’t forget–God is with us every step of life. Let us walk with him faithfully along the journey.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.