“And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?’ And they stood still, looking sad. And one of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?'” Luke 24:17-18 (NASB)
“And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Luke 24:27 (NASB) (from the account, after Jesus’ death and burial, of the walk to Emmaus by Cleopas and another, who met the risen Lord on their walk, verses 13-32)
There’s nothing like ENCOURAGEMENT when the way seems hard–
There’s nothing like its bolstering to keep a day (or life) from being scarred.
A word of praise can be depended upon to keep enthusiasm or creativity flowing,
causing a downcast countenance to be one that’s actually “glowing.”
There’s nothing like a caring friend who sends a note or gives a call.
There’s nothing like an encouraging word to keep us from a downfall.
There is an enemy in the world, who wants to ruin God-given potential,
which is why a word of praise from someone is often vital and essential.
Cleopas, while on the road to Emmaus, was talking with his friend
about the recent discouraging facts–on Christ’s life having come to an end.
Then later, when they were joined by Jesus, the Lord opened up their eyes
to the truth of His resurrection–likewise, we need the truth that God supplies.
Of course, the Lord is always there for us,speaking by His Spirit and His Word–
but through friends or even strangers, He can also often be “heard.”
So, as you look around to start your day, be attentive if God is showing to you
someone who needs encouragement–let His supportive words be flowing through you.
P. A. Oltrogge
Like the wind that fills the sails of a boat, enabling it to glide upon the sea,
a word of encouragement in our lives is so important to you and me.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
“Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:31 and 37 (NKJV)