I wonder how many of us have been discouraged or have ever experienced disappointment. Perhaps it was (or is even now) something you have prayed about that has not come to pass. Or someone you have been praying about for some time, or even an illness that just will not be healed. I’m sure we all have experiences like these.
I read about a college graduate who had been working for some time at the job he had always wanted and was asked how he liked it. His reply – “It’s fine, except it’s so…..DAILY! It’s true that the “daily grind” many times seems almost too much for us. As long as there there seems to be something new or different happening, or as long as we seem to see answers (our answers) to prayer, we are alright. But after a while, if we don’t see things happening, we tend to get discouraged and loose interest.
Remember the word “same” in the Hebrews verse? This sameness (day-after-day) characteristic of Jesus is very comforting to us. We like to pray “give us our daily bread” in Matthew 6:11. And how about “the church increased in number daily” in Acts 16:5! When we experience these things we can say, “Praise the Lord!” But remember, Jesus also taught us to persevere!
Jesus said in Luke 13:33, “I must keep going today, and tomorrow and the next day.” By this He meant He must keep going toward Jerusalem and the cross. And Paul tell us in I Corinthians 15:31 that he died…daily. Yes, many times we forget that the race we run is a marathon, not a sprint! Only those who persevere to the end, who do not get discouraged and drop out, only those who allow the Scriptures to be encouraging (see Romans 15:4) will finish the race.
In my years teaching I found it hard to motivate my choir students day-after-day when we worked for months on a musical or on a concert or even for a tour. Whenever I noticed a let down I would shout “I. O. T. F. T.” They soon learned what the pros have to do if their show is a hit and runs for a long time. They have to get the enthusam into the music they had the first couple times they sang it. In other words the Impression Of The First Time!
Remember that college student we mentioned? He got the I. O. T. F. T. back in his life from the Word. He learned through Psalms that that he had to exercise greater trust in the Lord. He needed to be an intercessor for those not yet converted, or for those going through an illness, or whatever. He had his confidence restored that God will bring good from his disappointments when he read in Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.” P. T. L.
Till we can meet again, many Blessings of His Shalom and Joy – Lee