“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” Romans 15:5 (NIV) [i]
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) [ii]
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24 – 25 (NIV) [iii]
There are times when our strength runs out and we need support. Those days are often consumed with doubt, stress, worry, or anxiety. These hardships can threaten to unravel all that we know to be true about God.
There is one person you want to see when everything falls apart. He or she is what the Bible calls an “encourager.”
The encourager doesn’t show up because he just wants to make you feel better or laugh. Those are benefits of the gifting that an encouraging person provides. However, an encourager reminds you of what you know to be true but struggle to believe. In the midst of the storm, he or she sees the Lighthouse through the fog when we can’t (or don’t want to).
They are the ones that remind us that Jeremiah 29:11 is still as true for us as it was for the Israelites. Encouragers are visible representations of Psalm 91. Read it and let the words of the Psalmist encourage you today.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91 (NLT) [iv]
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