Strength in the face of discouragement

(25)  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
(26)  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Genesis 4:25-26

His name means “mortal,” or “sickly.” It is very possible that his parents named him this because he was a child given to illness. It was not uncommon in those days to name a child based on a predominant characteristic. But the Bible also says that it was in the days of Enos that men began “to call upon the name of the LORD.” It is perhaps because of his weakness and the constant reminders of his own mortality that he clearly understood his dependence upon God for all things. It is not uncommon for God to use our weaknesses in this way.

The faith of Enos started a movement. It was through his faith that others called upon God as well. The Scriptures say that men (plural) began to call upon the name of the Lord, not just Enos and his household. Your faith in God through difficulties is a testament to God’s greatness, even though you don’t see it that way at the time.

Are you suffering a financial setback, the loss of a loved one, a failure against an addiction (again)? Don’t be discouraged. It does not matter the setback, or the reason for it. Call upon the name of the Lord in faith. Because it is often at our lowest that we get to see God at His greatest.

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