1. Look how far you’ve come. God has brought you this far, hasn’t he? The prophet, Samuel rolled a great stone and set it up for a monument. He called it Ebenezer, meaning, up till now the Lord has helped us. Whenever the Israelites were in trouble, afraid, or discouraged they could look at that great memorial stone and remember the victories God had given them in the past.
2. Trust the providential care of God. Joseph dreamed of great success and influence. Instead, he was thrown in a pit, sold as a slave, falsely accused, and imprisoned. If anyone should have been discouraged, Joseph certainly had a right to be. Joseph recognized God’s providence when his brothers finally came to him to beg his forgiveness and plead for mercy for the wrongs they had done to him. He said, you meant it for evil but God meant it for good.
3. Keep your expectations high. God told Abram he would become the father of many nations. Twenty-five years passed with no child. The world says, Don’t get your hopes up, but God told Abraham to get his hopes up as high as the heavens. Look at the stars, Abram, so shall your descendants be, was God’s promise.
4. Be rock solid. In Psalm 62:5-6 David said, My expectation is of him. He is my rock, I shall not be moved. Paul was warned time and time again that if he went to Jerusalem he would be arrested and persecuted. Paul did not doubt that this would happen but he said, “None of these things move me.” Paul was not moved by the difficulties that would come his way. He knew he had a purpose and that purpose was in proclaiming the gospel around the world. In 2 Corinthians Chapter, Eleven Paul lists his persecutions However, Paul’s list of accomplishments is far greater.