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Don't be discouraged!

When Israel came to the border of the Promised Land, the ten spies returned with a negative report about the land and "discouraged" the hearts of the people (Deut. 1:28). As a result, the people wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and died off. After almost 40 years, the tribes of Reuben  and Gad sought to settle on the east side of the Jordan and not assist with the further conquest of Canaan, and thus "they discouraged the heart" of Israel (Num. 32:9).

Sometimes the negativity and/or inactivity of our fellow brethren can be discouraging. When they don't show up for Bible Class or worship like they should, or they don't really participate in or seem to enjoy Christian fellowship, it can be discouraging. When it feels like you're the only one who's interested in and trying to do the Lord's will, don't get discouraged! Focus on brethren (even if it's a small number) who are trying like you. Then, best of all, "looking unto Jesus," "consider Him...lest you become...discouraged in your souls" (Heb. 12:2-3). When no one else is interested in your efforts be active and involved, HE IS!