When You're Discouraged And Ready To Give Up, Here's What You Should Do!

When You'Re Discouraged

"But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions. — Hebrews 10:32".

What should you do when you’re feeling discouraged and dangerously close to doubting God’s integrity — when you start thinking He just might not come through for you? Hebrews 10:32 tells us what we are to do when we find ourselves in this situation. It says, "But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated…". This verse was written to believers who were so discouraged that they were tempted to give up and throw away their strong position of faith. But just when they were about to give up, they read this verse that reminded them of when they were first “illuminated.”

The word “illuminated” comes from the Greek word photidzo, which means to lighten up, to shine, to illuminate, to make visible, or to radiate. It gives the impression of a brilliant flash of light that leaves a permanent and lasting impression. We get "photography" from this word, which calls to mind the blinding flash on a camera. This word is used here in order to help these struggling believers put their present hardships "on pause" for a few minutes so they can remember what they experienced when they heard the Word of God for the first time and were illuminated."

God, through the writer, is giving us a command to remember. It would be unjust of God to command us to do something we are incapable of doing. Therefore, we can remember. It just takes some effort on our part. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to bring back to our remembrance whatever the Lord has spoken to us (John 14:26).

My prayer for today: "Lord, help me to never forget those early experiences I had with You after I first got saved. John 14:1-3 Deuteronomy 6 - Psalm 89 - Isaiah 34 - Revelation 4".

- Paul Fakunle

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