Let us look at the last two ways discouragement sets in to our life.
By twisting our right decisions.
Doubts may set in our mind when we hear this kind of discouragement. Hezekiah made the right decision to removed the idols that plague his kingdom’s spirituality. But Rabshakeh twisted it and made it look like a bad move by the King. Had this happened to you? Someone sneer or blame you for the right things you stand for? Discouragement can do that.
“But if you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God,” is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar”?
By attacking our credibility.
Now its personal. This is when it hits home. Nothings more painful than the discouragement that attacks our credibility. We may have built our reputation for years. We may have shown our very best. But this discouragement makes us like crumbling building. And when the dust clears, we feel we didnt accomplished anything. Discouragement wins!
“Thus says the king: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you. Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, “The Lord will surely deliver us. This city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” Do not listen to Hezekiah. For thus says the king of Assyria: Make your peace with me and come out to me. Then each one of you will eat of his own vine, and each one of his own fig tree, and each one of you will drink the water of his own cistern,”Isaiah 36:14-16
Next week lets tune to a more positive side of our lesson by looking at how do we respond to discouragement.
(To be continued next week…)