Thinking Biblically about Discouragement

Nehemiah 4:6-14

6 So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work. 7 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. 8 And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.
9 And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
10 In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.” 11 And our enemies said, “They will not know or see till we come among them and kill them and stop the work.” 12 At that time the Jews who lived near them came from all directions and said to us ten times, “You must return to us.”
13 So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”

Three things that make discouragement:
A. It is so universal – strikes everyone.
B. It is so recurring – goes for a while and then comes back again.
C. It is so highly contagious – spreads from one discouraged person to the next.

1. The causes of discouragement:
    a. Fatigue (verse 10a).
    b. Frustration (verse 10b).
    c.  Fear (verse 10c).

2. The cures for discouragement:
    a. Re-organise (verse 13).
    b. Remember (verse 14a).
    c. Resist (verse 14b).

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7b)