We all get discouraged in our walk of faith. If you have been a believer for long, you must have gotten discouraged not once- but sometimes many times. That’s the reality of life, and if you have been waiting on God for something that takes ages to come, it’s very easy to feel discouraged.
One of the psalms i like so much is psalm 73.This psalm has someone who would not hide his feelings of discouragement as we do in our days. Asaph, as he is called in the scriptures, must have reached the peak of discouragement when he wrote this psalm. Asaph wondered why unbelievers get blessed and him, with his righteous stand on godly things, God seems to overlook his prayers-and seems not to listen to his concerns. He says “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. (psalm 73:1-2). In our modern terms, “He says he would have backslid or fallen away from the faith.
As Asaph was going through this discouraging moment, with an urge to backslide pumping in his heart, he narrates what he saw among unbelievers. He continues… I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked, they have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything? ”This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.[psalm 73:3-12]
Have you ever felt the same? How many of your classmates, workmates and all that you see doing corruption, seems to grow, as you, with your righteous stand, seem not to even afford lunch or the daily upkeep, yet others seem blessed with all the corrupt practices. As Asaph continued to envy the unbelieving world, he says to himself” Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.[psalm 73:12-16]
He later says” When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply. till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies..[psalm 73:16-20]. What a breakthrough for asaph.
Saint of God, which unbeliever have you been envying lately? It’s when Asaph went to the temple, that his focus changed, and we should not shun church when we are feeling low and worn out, because that is when God speaks to us. The problem with most believers this days is shunning of church when they feel weighed down with issues of life. Separation from your source of help only deepens your ugly situations and turns it sour. Asaph went to church, and as God word was preached, he was spoken to. He later concludes with a cry to God, but now with a different focus. He says when my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.[psalm 73:20-24].
In every form of discouragement, attend church, read your bible, listen to God and you will see how God uses our circumstances to show us what lies ahead of us. What we wait from him is much more than the treasures of this world combined. Stay in God and keep the focus. God bless you

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