Discouragement


discouragementWe tend to think discouragement is a feeling, not a sin.

But because of discouragement, Daniel’s contemporaries let themselves go. Exiled to Babylon, ripped out of their beloved homeland, deprived of hope, there was nothing to live for. With only depression, without a future, without hope, they might as well live it up. They would eat all the king’s delicious food in his service. Who cares that it contaminated them? that it was dedicated to idols? After all, what would be the point of consecrating themselves to God? All was lost in the exile.

But Daniel decided to avoid the unholy food and wine. He continued to consecrate himself to God.

At the end of the day, he never returned to Israel. He spent the rest of his life in exile, as a counselor (slave) to foreign kings. But he made impact for God in foreign lands. The book of Daniel is the account of how God ceased to be for the Jews only. He started being the God of all nations. Jonah, Daniel and Esther are necessary stepping stones to Jesus, who ultimately was and is the Savior of all nations.

While Daniel’s contemporaries lost hope, God was initiating a completely different plan. They couldn’t imagine what God had up His sleeve, so they “let themselves go.”

Daniel is a great example to me.

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16 responses to “Discouragement

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  2. How true sir. Not only Daniel’s contemporaries but think of so many tragic stories today that stem from the lack of hope; especially in God. Yet the story of the cross; the story of victory over defeat; fulfillment of hope for all time trumps them all. Thank you for you post and ministry. Doug

  3. There right now, my body is failing me when I need it working!

  4. Daniel is such a great encouragement for me as well!

  5. Oh I love this! I never thought about discouragement as a sin but it is indeed. When you are discourage you loose hope, when you loose hope you loose faith, when you loose faith you sin because without faith it is impossible to please God.
    Re-sharing.

  6. Thank you so very much!! On a day of discouragement, facing minor but long-lasting health challenges, I looked at my email and saw a zillion “likes” from you. Thank you. And Daniel should be a great example to me.

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