It takes some courage to think an idea. It takes more courage to act upon it. It takes no courage to sit there and say, “That will never work.” If you look down the long road of history, you will find an incredible trail of people and ventures that were spoken negatively about until they succeeded.
It is the same with the Christian life. When things don’t look right, we will be surrounded by those who will speak negatively. It takes the power of God to have faith. We must rely on God to help us develop our faith, and it is up to us to decide to exercise it.
Psalm 3 gives us an incredible example. In verse 3, David says, “Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.” David had naysayers, just like countless others. In the next verse, David praises the Lord for his comfort. David reminds himself of God’s faithfulness. He says that God is a shield, God encourages him, God heard him, and God kept him alive while he slept.
It would seem that he encourages himself by these reminders, because when he ends his praise he declares: “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”
When David was surrounded by people who doubted God, he reminded himself of God’s faithfulness. He could have focused on negativity, but he didn’t. He focused on what God had done for him, and praised God for it.
It’s easy to be a naysayer, that’s why they are so many. But you don’t have to be. You can chose to live in righteousness and faith, and see God’s great power in your life.
I challenge you, exercise your faith and choose not to be discouraged by any situation. Remind yourself of God’s goodness in your life, and be encouraged. Stand in faith for God’s deliverance, and you will see your faith rewarded.
If you’d like a great example of this principle, take the time and check out one of the greatest stories of overcoming discouragement: Nehemiah 4:1-6:16