I have been sitting on this thought for a while pondering it. Where do we get our encouragement from? I know I have friends that encourage me, friends that I know I can call on to pray for me. In times of trouble and trials, like now with all that is going on in the world, we certainly need encouragement to keep going and stay the course.
God has given us His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as encouragers. One of my favorite movie scenes is from Facing the Giants by the Kendrick brothers. The team is at a point where leadership from within the team is lacking and the coach is looking for players to step and lead. The team has a defeated attitude before the game has even begun. So he puts the strongest player to the test, a player that he sees leadership potential in.
Just like the coach we have Jesus and Holy Spirit speaking to us encouraging us to keep going, reminding us that He is with us in the boat or whatever situation we are in. Jesus, the one who rebukes the winds, makes the blind see, heals the lame so they can walk again, we have access to Him directly. We have to rely on His strength and give him our best, not perfection because He knows that is not possible for us, but our best, our whole heart, our everything.
In Jesus we have the great role model on how to deal with trials. In Gethsemane, Jesus sweat blood and cried tears, He asked for strength from God at His most dire moment, and God sent angels to strengthen Him.
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:41-44
I have been listening to Hillsong’s King of Kings a bit lately, the words are awesome but some strike me in particular.
To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died
We may not always have the other side of a trial revealed to us, but Jesus sees that other side and He is with us right by our side as we walk each day, each moment, each second. God is not surprised by anything that happens.
In time of need, cry out to Jesus and He will present Himself. The Holy Spirit is present and available, Jesus is our great intercessor. Trust in Him and He will lift you up. Surround yourself with Godly people and God will work through them.
The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:9-10
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them. Psalm 34:4-7
I encourage the friends I have because I need the encouragement as well. But I pray that Jesus would speak through me, because He can speak better words than I could ever speak. These days we can certainly be a light in a dark place. But call on Jesus, let Him strengthen and encourage you.
I hope this encourages you to stay the course and keep going. If there is anyway I can pray for you, email me, I would love to pray for you.