Learning to be the Remnant – 6 – Do not be discouraged

Have you ever participated in an important vote and lost? Did you have the clear vision that you were right and the majority was wrong? Been there, done that! Yes, I believe that all of us during our life time have gone through this kind of situation. We lost when we were sure we would win or we should win. The normal and expected reaction for that is discouragement. The definition of the word is: “a loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness.” The mixture of feelings overpowers us. We cannot understand what happened, why people could not see the truth, or why God allowed that to happen.

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Being the minority and the remnant will put us in this kind of situation and we should not let these circumstances overcome us. We cannot and should not be discouraged, no matter what happens. In the Bible we have a sad story about this. It is the story of Joshua and Caleb. Moses sent 12 spies to check out the land before they entered in. After a long journey they came back and gave the report to the congregation. The land was good, as God promised, but, and it always has a but, there were giants and powerful armies there. Most of the spies were extremely concerned about their safety. Only two out of the twelve were not, Joshua and Caleb. They were not discouraged by the opinion of the other ten spies.

When the vote was taken, the people preferred not to go, and some of them suggested going back to Egypt. It was a very sad day for the Israelites. Here is the reaction of Joshua and Caleb: “Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Numbers 14: 6-8.” I do not need to tell you that they could not change the hearts of the people. Joshua and Caleb paid the price for the lack of faith of the others.

Being a remnant will take us into this kind of situation. We are going to lose important votes, and we will sometimes be the minority. Because of that we are going to suffer with the others. Joshua and Caleb wandered in the desert for 40 years because of a decision that they did not make. But finally they were rewarded. They entered into the land. They were the only ones from that generation who made it to the Promised Land. In the same way we will be rewarded at the end. Sometimes it will feel like God abandoned us, but He did not. He was and is with us all the way.

Do not be discouraged brother and sister. God knows what you are going through.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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