" and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way." Numbers 21:4
When the children of Israel left Egypt, they were sighing. Satan has stolen their song. When difficult times came, they took their eyes off God and saw only the difficult.
Am I speaking to someone who has fallen into that trap? The blessings of God are falling like raindrops around you, but you're so busy counting your problems that you forgot to count your blessings. Did you know that God inhabits the praises of His people? In Psalms 22:3 David said: "but thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel." In Psalms 16:11 we read, "in thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
The point of it all, dear Christian, is this, we need to be quite careful not to become a reflection of our problems. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there! And when the way is difficult and discouraging, keep your eyes on Him. He is as worthy of our praise when we're in the valleys as when we're on the mountain. God made the valleys just like He did the peaks. If you'll offer up your praises in the valley, He just may very well turn that valley upside down and change it into a mountain!
Taken from the August 31,2014 Wheeler Grove Baptist Church bulletin. Written by their pastor Brother Kara in the Pastor's Corner section. What a blessing to worship with them that day while we were up visiting Seth's Dad.