I can't do this any more. I am so tired of trying and falling flat on my face. What's the use any how? Maybe I should reconsider and try something else. I know God has opened this door but nothing seems to be working for me. Sound familiar?
Come with me as we go back in the Old Testament and see what transpired in Joseph's life and see whether or not he had reason to give up and throw in the towel. In my opinion if anyone had a reason to quit and become discouraged it was Joseph. We can learn from the life of Joseph and be encouraged to "keep on keeping on." This man had to be in the center of the will of God and led by God in order for Him to respond to circumstances so victoriously. For sure, he was in daily communion and fellowship. His brothers conspiracy alone would have defeated most men. Let's read the account from Genesis 37: 19-24: " And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we
will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will
become of his dreams.
And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that
is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him
out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it".
Now if that wasn't enough for Satan to discourage him then how about trying this on for size? Fast forward a couple of chapters and allow me to introduce you to the " sweet, innocent, an godly" wife of Potiphar: Genesis 39: 7-20
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth
not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath
to my hand;
is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any
thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do
this great wickedness, and sin against God?
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do
his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See,
he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to
lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried,
that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew
servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she
spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that
his wrath was kindled.
Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where
the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. If it were possible, he would have quoted from Psalm 40: 1-4...."I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust". He strengthened himself in the Lord by his prayer life.
Imagine if this was you. You did absolutely nothing wrong and in fact did everything right and you ended up in a prison. Talk about being tempted to be discouraged! Joseph could have easily said to God: " Thanks a lot Father in heaven! This is the thanks I get for obeying you! If this is all I am worth to you then I am through. I thought you loved me!"
We in America have had it so good . We get discouraged so easily. In all honesty I am not so sure I would have had the attitude of trust and faith in the Lord as Joseph did if this same scenario were mine. I would end up a "rubbish heap, castaway" Christian is my guess.
Are you discouraged? Are things going any way but the way you had hoped and prayed for? Well don't give up yet.
Let us continue fast forwarding and see what was the result of Joseph's trust in the living God. Genesis41; 39-46 is the account of Pharoah making Joseph ruler over all of Egypt!
If God has given you an open door...if He has given you a dream..if He has promised something to you years ago and seemingly He has forgotten you; then, right here and now repent of your unbelief and discouragement. Get back on your spiritual feet..get up and get going on the pathway of victory! Recognize that it is Satan that has had you discouraged. Remember he is a liar and the Father of lies. If this example from scripture has renewed your trust in Jesus please leave a comment here. Thank You!