"Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, said the LORD, and work: for I am with you, said the LORD of hosts" - Haggai 2:4
The Prophet Haggai is called to speak to the leaders and the people concerning the building of the temple, to encourage them to continue in the work. They were discouraged from continuing the work when they stopped to compare the temple they were now building, to the temple Solomon had built years before which was beautiful and glorious. But God was not looking for a temple that was beautiful and glorious in looks, but rather a temple that would be filled with His glory.
Discouragement is a disheartening of the spirit which depresses and destroys confidence, hope and courage. It then becomes an obstacle that can prevent the prosecution, continuance or completion of anything. Those obstacles could be negative or critical things that were said to intentionally hurt you and destroy your confidence, or it could be from believing you are not doing as good a job as the work someone else is doing, or has done. Discouragement can cause work to stop, stall, or be stagnant.
But despite discouragements that may come, you have an obligation to not only do the work God has called you to do, also to finish the work.
Know that what God has called on you to do, and what He is doing through you is as great and unique as the next man, but He needs your hands to execute the plan.
So when you are feeling discouraged, don’t give up - Be strong, take heart, continue on and finish the work.
By A.G. Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.