I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high. (Leviticus 26:13 NLT)
Mordecai in the Book of Esther lived with his head held high and would not bow down to evil and to the spirit of slavery, fear and constant threat.
There is a beautiful underlying message our Lord always wants to convey to us, which is – He is our King and we are His people!
If we are dependent on the world’s idol systems, then we will be slaves to it walking with a heavy yoke tied around our neck, and constantly feel defeated and cheated.
Our Lord God is always zealous for His people and He wants to personally provide, protect, heal, comfort and rule if we allow and trust Him.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Luke 5:10-11
With in a few hours on a round trip with the Lord Jesus Christ on a boat Peter’s life and direction had totally changed.
On the shore before the trip, Peter all he had was the net, boat and loss in his business, and had lost his hope for the day.
On the shore after the trip, Peter had the same net, boat but a huge profit in business, and had found his purpose and calling in Jesus.
What made the difference is his attempt to trust Lord Jesus in midst of his hopelessness!
Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” Luke 5:5
We never know in midst of which hopeless discouraging situation our Lord will challenge us, when He does we must trust Him for that journey – in which we will discover our filthiness, His holiness, supernatural miracles and a prophesy/vision for our life.
If you’re discouraged and feel hopeless today wait for Jesus (in His word), when you hear – simply trust His leading to do what you’re already tired of doing. That’s where it begins!
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5
We have no problem to wait when we are told how long we need to wait; we simply go ahead and do what we know to do during that time!
But what if we are not told how long we need to wait?
Discouragement can settle in right at the point where we lost our patience to wait – especially when there is no way to track the progress.
Discouragement is a common feeling but it does triggers different reactions in each person depending upon their personality and temperament (towards a particular circumstance).
Instead of getting frustrated or allow depression, if we could only take time to discern why we are being bothered/discouraged – we will find out that our discouragement is not because of the waiting time but because “our plan” isn’t working as we wanted!
The more stronger the will of the person is towards that plan the more stronger he/she would react to it (impatience/frustration/give up/depressed).
We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer. Proverbs 16:1
As a child of God, when this happens to us we need to take time to review our plans seriously on “what we want to do once we receive it“, and start aligning it with who God called us to be and stay open to His plan with a humble patience, then we will be supernaturally strengthened with a renewed hope and start praising the Lord.
Bottom line – our hope always has to be in the Lord not in our plans, if we do then we too can speak to our soul and flesh, and command it to start praising the Lord!
“…he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3