In this life, you will never miss to find discouragers. This are people who look for every opportunity to surp your energy in doing God’s work, and many times, they always look for ways of making you feel how unworthy you are, on a certain work, ministry and calling that God has placed in your life. Amazingly, these groups of people are never foreigners. They come from the list of friends and family that you like the most. Infact, your best discouragers in time of need is someone you look-up to, whenever you are in dire need. Some from the friends, family and relatives who know, or have known your weakness at some point, or who you really have sat, shared and encouraged one another some time back.
I shared here sometime back how Yitzhak Rabin, the commander of Israel’s military in 1967, ran for someone he trusted for advice, but what was waiting for him was discouragement. As Israel’s founding father, many in Israel loved Ben Gurion, and treated him as an elder statesman, including Mr Yitzhak Rabin. By the time he was going to seek such advice, Egypt was about to invade Israel, and as the Army Commander, all the weight of the war was on his shoulders. The country was looking on him-but in this moment of crisis, all eyes turned to the founding father of Israel Mr David Ben-Gurion, the man who led Israel from the dark days of the war of independence in 1948.. Seating at his feet and waiting for the encouragement he need. “The old man received me warmly, Rabin says, ‘but instead of fortifying my spirits, he gave me a dressing down. He said to him,” You’ve led the state of Israel into a grave situation, and you’ve to bear the responsibility for it! When i left him, Yitzhak continues, i was despondent and it would be days before his words stopped ringing in my ears! Immediately, after hearing this words from the man he trusted the most, Mr Rabin sunk into depression. Yitzhak as head of the army, was a man under intense physical and emotional pressure. His mental anguish, as days went by, had becomes obvious. Deputy military commander Zvi Dinstein noticed his boss’s lack of sense in his talks, as he claimed to hear noises of bombardments from other sources.. As far as they were concerned, as Zvi says, “there was no noise, yet their General was panicking on a broad daylight. In this moment of mental anguish, Yitzhak collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital. The general public was anxiously waiting to get news from the head of the army on the way forward, yet little did they know, “he was depressed because of a discouraging word from the man he trusted the most-Mr Ben Gurion.The Prime Minister of the country, Mr Levi Eshkol even remarked, “Can you imagine at this moment, if the general public heard that the chief of staff has collapsed, what kind of depression it would cause to our nation? All this was hid under wraps, and no citizen, plus the enemies of Israel knew of Rabin’s depressed state, until later when he wrote it in his book.
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