Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why do you want to discourage?

Reading today when I got to the part in Numbers 32, when the men approached Moses about not going across the Jordan I felt Moses fear, his discouragement, his disappointment! He had done this dance before and they had wandered for 40 years in the desert.

Are you a encouraging person or a discouraging person? Do you see the light or darkness? Do you look for the good or the bad? Do people turn to run when they see you coming? OOPS, might be a discourager!

Moses went on to tell the men if they kept their word and would fight until they drove out the enemies then they would fulfill their duties to the Lord and it would be okay to settle. Even though discouraged Moses listened to the men and ask questions so that he would understand and he did. He encouraged the men even though at first he felt disappointment.

I can't imagine all the feelings flowing through him when they spoke these words - until he heard the whole story. What about you? Are you waiting to hear the whole story, before the disappointment builds? Are you giving someone the benefit of the doubt and listening?

Encourage others! It tells us in Colossians: 2 that we are to be encouraged and knit together in follow this awesome Word! Encourage someone today and everyday...

Sweet Blessings,

1 comment:

Frankie said...

In that story today, I wrote out to the side, uh-oh not again. I was struck by the fact that the leaders from those tribes wanted to leave their wives and children behind before they crossed over the Jordan to fight. Which was a good idea! But what about all of the other wives and children from the other tribes??? It seemed selfish to me but maybe they would stay behind also???

I want to be an encourager!