“…encourage and strengthen him,”
My cell phone rang and a voice from my past was on the line. She had been thinking of me and wanted to make a connection. I certainly recalled some of my work with her through some dark times in her younger life. I felt so good to know she had made the effort to call.
She reminded me that when her marriage seemed hopeless, I had come to her home and gave her counsel from the Scriptures and we got on our knees to pray for her husband. God answered our prayers and he became a wonderfully attentive and kind husband and father as God took over his life.
Then she spoke of her daughter who, as a teenager, broke her heart by getting into all kinds of trouble. Many times we prayed for the young woman and again the Lord graciously moved into the situation and the girl became a devout Christian. She gave up her wandering and settled down and is now a mother herself.
My caller went on with other stories of how the Lord helped her through my ministry. There are not many people in my many years of being a helper who lived through all the heartache of this dear woman. Now well on in years she was full of joy and thanksgiving to the Lord for His presence in her life. She told me that my efforts with her were not forgotten. She wanted to know if I remembered the ways I was useful to her.
The call was most welcome as I was feeling somewhat discouraged because of the physical pain I was in. The pain not only made me physically exhausted but it also played on my mind. Pain does this to people and what is needed is for someone to come alongside us and ask us to remember how God has used us and that He will be with us always.
Encouragement comes from remembering certain facts. Specific realities called to mind can give us a great amount of encouragement and cause us to continue in a difficult situation or life style as we move forward. The best things to remember come from the Bible.
Calling to mind God’s promises to His people is a marvellous source of blessing. We can gain new resolve for the fight of faith as we listen to the words of God directed toward the people He has chosen for Himself. Child of God, listen to this glorious promise from your Father in heaven. “And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go.” (Genesis 28:15)
Or hear another great statement from the God who always speaks the truth. “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Do these words from your Father in heaven not cause you to know that you can endure anything as long as the Lord is with you?
Possibly you have not heard the Lord speak in this way to you and you wonder if He has anything to say to you in your situation. Listen again, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29. Will you come? The invitation is for you. You have God’s word He will welcome you if you come.