Numbers 21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
There are many reasons why we may get discouraged in this life. We live in a world that is hostile towards Christ and those who believe in Him and live according to the principles of His Word. But God doesn’t want us to be discouraged. There are some very serious consequences when a child of God becomes discouraged.
I. Wrong Things People Do When Discouraged.
A. They pray the wrong prayers. Nu. 11:14-15
a. The people had been complaining and the Lord judged them with fire. v1-2
b. They began to complain again about only having manna to eat. v10-13
c. Moses was so discouraged that he prayed for God to kill him.
2. Elijah: 1Ki. 19:4
a. God had proven Himself in power and might by sending down fire from heaven at Elijah’s request.
b. God had wrought a great victory on Mt. Carmel through Elijah.
c. He was now on the run from Jezebel and prayed for God to kill him.
B. They say the wrong things. Nu. 21:4-5
C. They think the wrong things. Mt. 11:2-3
D. They see the wrong things. Nu. 13:25-33
E. They do the wrong things. Nu. 20:7-11
F. They will end up in the wrong places.
1. Jonah wound up in the belly of the whale.
2. Abraham found himself down in Egypt.
3. Elimilech and Naomi took their family to the heathen land of Moab.
4. Peter warmed himself at the enemy’s fire.
5. Thomas missed Sunday night church and missed seeing the resurrected Christ.
G. They will develop the wrong spirit. Ps. 119:165
II. How To Beat Discouragement.
A. Realize that it is an act of our will.
B. Maintain a right attitude; regardless of circumstances.
C. Remain steadfast and unmovable.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Some people set themselves up for discouragement. They fail to take advantage of what God has equipped us with to overcome it. Beware of this. Satan cannot have our soul, but he can attack and oppress until we are discouraged and then we will do, or say something that could ruin our testimony and effectiveness for the rest of our lives.