MONDAY, MAY 2
Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
Acts 18:1 (NLT)
Are you discouraged because the work that God has called you to do is off to a slow start? Remember, some of our most wonderful inventions got off to slow starts as well. The first electric light was so dim a candle was needed to see its socket. The first steamboat took 32 hours to chug its way from Buffalo to Albany, a distance of 522 miles. Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first airplane flight lasted only 12 seconds. In his ministry at Corinth, the apostle Paul went every Sabbath to the synagogue and tried to persuade the Jews that Jesus is the Christ, but they refused his message. So, he turned to the Gentiles, and many believed. (D. C. Egner, Our Daily Bread)
The Apostle Paul had a rough start prior to coming to Corinth. However, he kept it moving. He had been to three previous cities on this missionary journey and most of them ended with him leaving town in the face of persecution. Paul could have easily been discouraged but instead he thrived in the face of persecution.
This week we will look back on some of the ways Mike shared how we can beat discouragement. In the meantime, what are the areas of your life where you are most prone to be discouraged?
Talk to God about the areas of your life where you feel discouraged. Praise God for hearing your prayer and providing a way of victory over your discouragement.