Encouraging the discouraged

ATD 141The Word

“When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.” 2 Corinthians 7:5, 6

Thought

Most at one time or another can relate to the Apostle Paul’s situation. There are seasons during our spiritual life when pressures and conflict seem to come at us from all directions leaving us with the feeling of no escape. Though the Bible in numerous places tells us to be strong, courageous, and not worry, even so, Paul confessed the situation in Macedonia caused him and his companions to experience fear within. God used the arrival of Titus to alleviate the tension of their situation. God may do the same for us when we are feeling similarly; He may send a special person or persons at just the needed time to encourage us.

The more important emphasis from this story, though, is the promise to all God’s children on His mission. God, who has neither weakness nor limitations to deliver us, encourages the discouraged.

Prayer

Thank you, Father, for the promises which affirm our hearts of Your deliverance from the plans of the enemy to harm us. Thank You for Your encouragement. Amen.