Discouraged? Well then….

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4  Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! 5  Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! 6  Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:4-7 (MSG)

660    If you’re an apostle you should never feel discouraged. There is no obstacle that you cannot overcome. Then why are you sad?

Every once in a while, when I read St Josemaria’s little notes, I have an urge to argue with him.

This is one of those times.

I want to remind him of Paul describes himself to the church in 2 Corinthians 6 and in other places. Surely he felt downcast a time or two, as he poured out his life into the lives of others.  Even in those situations, despite the exhaustion the pain, the hunger, the lies, the trying of his patience, he noted,

  10  Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything. 2 Corinthians 6:10 (NLT)

We should never feel discourages.  Sometimes, I will be honest, I feel very discouraged. I can weary and question whether ministry is worth it.  That’s when I come across passages like Phil 4.  “Rejoice in the Lord always” other translations say. That one hits me like the law; maybe I am not a good Christian because I struggle to rejoice at times.

The Message shows the gospel a little clearer – Celebrate God!  That’s the point!  It is in His presence we rejoice. Not that we have to celebrate, like a court jester before a king, but that we can celebrate because He is here!  We are here, with Him.  He wants us in His presence, He wants to be part of our lives, He loves us!

That’s why we celebrate – and knowing we aren’t alone, knowing the work He has commissioned in and through our lives isn’t dependent upon us, those are the reasons we shouldn’t get discouraged.

God Is with us.

Therefore nothing can stop His plan that all works for good.

So if you feel discouraged, go to a place where you can focus on God’s presence.  Meditate on the promises of your baptism, or contemplate the gift given you, and know the assurance of the Lord’s Supper  Find a sanctuary to pray in, even go to confession and hear that your sins are forgiven!

The more you think about His love, the more you will know He is with you!

That will cause the discouragement to evaporate like a rain drop in the desert. St Josemaria was right – we shouldn’t be discouraged, the Lord is with us!

Cry our Lord have mercy… and realize He is close enough you could have whispered it.

Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 1542-1543). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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