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May we be encouragers

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 4 months ago | 3383 views Link: https://goo.gl/ooVrvN

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Moses records for us that God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt by opening the Red Sea so they could pass through it on dry land.  God then closed the sea on the Egyptian pursuers and drowned them all.  As the people of Israel began to wander in the desert, they complained about the lack of water and food.  They were in need of encouragement in the midst of their trouble.

God encouraged them by miraculously providing manna and quail to eat.  Then, when they needed water, God had Moses strike the rock in Horeb and He brought water from the rock for them to drink.  Daily provision of water and food should encourage their spirits in the Lord.

Not only did God provide food and water, but He helped them in battle as well.  In Exodus 17, the Amalekites came against Israel in battle.  Moses stood on the top of the hill and held up his rod.  As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed, but as he tired and let down his hands, Amalek prevailed.  So, Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands and Amalek was defeated.

Aaron and Hur were encouragers of Moses and the people as they supported Moses’ hands.  They stood alongside and assisted in what was needed.

I have been reading also in Job lately.  He didn’t have such encouragers.  In fact, those who were supposed to be his friends seemed to only criticize and accuse rather than encourage.

Just the opposite was Barnabas, whose name means “son of encouragement.”  He helped the early church by selling his field and donating the money.   Later, when Paul tried to join the disciples at Jerusalem, they were afraid and would not accept him.  But Barnabas brought him in and spoke up for him.  We also see Barnabas exhorting the disciples to remain faithful to the Lord, encouraging them.  He also brought monetary relief to the brothers in Judea.  Barnabas stuck by Paul’s side through many trials and continued to teach and encourage. 

When Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement over John Mark, Barnabas took Mark with him.  What an encouragement that must have been to Mark when Barnabas was able to give Mark a second chance!

As we walk with each other, we have opportunities to criticize and accuse as Job’s friends did or to encourage and exhort as Barnabas did.  Many of you have been my encouragers as I watch your faith in hard times and see your care for each other.  Your trust in the Lord and your care for the saints is an example that motivates me to imitate you.  I am encouraged in my own walk.  May we seek to encourage each other.  May we look for opportunities to build up rather than criticize.  May we aid each other when times are tough.  May we exhort each other to faithfulness.  May we come alongside and hold up each other’s hands when we are weary.

May we be encouragers.

Dale

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Mary Leadbetter

Thank you.

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Donna Dean

Amen!

Larry Dean

Good words, Dale. Thanks.

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