‘…encourage and strengthen him…’ Deuteronomy 3:28 NIV.
Paul was given a car for his birthday by his brother—a seriously generous gift.
One day he came out of his workplace to find a young bloke hanging round it. As he went over to it, the young bloke said, ‘This your car?’
‘Yeah,’ replied Paul. ‘My brother gave it to me for my birthday.’
‘No way,’ said the bloke. ‘That’s amazing! You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you nothing? I wish…’ Then he hesitated.
Paul smiled. He knew right away what the bloke was going to wish for. He was going to wish to have a brother like that. But he was wrong.
What the bloke said completely threw him. ‘I wish that I could be a brother like that’.
So often we can live life looking what we can get out of it rather than what we can give into it.
This bloke knew the value of being an encourager. God asked Moses to ‘encourage and strengthen’ Joshua so he could eventually take over as leader.
Moses had led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. It hadn’t been easy, the Israelites were not the best travellers— they were constantly moaning and groaning about their circumstances.
This is why it was so important that Moses encouraged Joshua. He understood what the job was about.
God wants us to encourage each other to help us through our lives: ‘…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘‘Today’’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.’ (Hebrews 3:13 NIV)
So today, go encourage.
~ Contributed by Captain Sandra Walmsley of the Deniliquin Salvation Army, on behalf of the combined Churches of Deniliquin.