And the Winner is— Discouragement?
The evil report of ten spies had discouraged the Israelites—God was outraged.
His people had to wander another forty years. They had missed their inheritance—their calling—everything! Discouragement had caused God’s people to forget Whose they were.
However, the promised land of Canaan was God’s mandate.
All they had to do was obey. He would fight their battles. But discouragement hindered boldness. Discouragement restrained them from their inheritance. Discouragement shattered, dismayed and abolished the people’s resolve to take God—at His Word.
And—it angered God! And so they wandered.
Gad and Reuben had found their niche in the Promised Land. They could settle on the western side of Jordan. Their nomadic life could end. But there was a war to fight. Moses was irritated.
“Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the LORD has given them?” Numbers 32:6-7
“This is what your fathers did when I sent them… to look over the land. After they went up… and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the LORD had given them.
The LORD’s anger was aroused that day…”
But discouragement didn’t win this time. Gad and Reuben were pleased to join their brothers in battle. What a triumph it was!
Today’s saint might say this.
“My father always said, ‘Don’t bite off more that you can chew, Son. You’re just an average Joe… settle for the secure, easy route. Forget any off the wall ideas about rescuing the world. That’s for the other guy…not you.’”
The words of this father to his son reeked of discouragement.
The Lord hates discouragement. Hear His heart.
Discouragement deprives My people of hope. It shatters their dreams which I have birthed. It frustrates, hinders and restrains them from receiving My promises. And when my people speak discouragement to each other they are frustrating the provisions of My covenant. Discouragement…is …My….enemy!