The best encouragement I’ve ever received came at the lowest point in my life. I was alone, sitting on an old loveseat, looking out the window. My Bible sat, opened, on my lap. Tears streamed down my face, and the future loomed in front of me like a dark, heavy storm cloud.
I didn’t know what to do. I’d prayed, but no answers came. Nothing seemed possible. My hope was spent. Each day felt heavy and useless.
Few people knew I was in such a dark place. What would they say to help anyway? My life was one big mess. Nobody could fix it.
I’d made mistakes. Other people had also. Even my circumstances seemed to be against me. I couldn’t get a break. Hardship after mistake after failure followed me around yipping at my heals, reminding me every second about my dreadful situation. I thought nothing would help.
And then the encouragement came. It was just a thought flitting across my mind. Seven simple words that changed the direction of my life.
You’ve probably heard these words too. And maybe they’re not exactly the words you need, but it’s not exactly about the words, is it? It’s who’s behind the words that changes everything.
God reaches through time and space to speak to us. From a beautiful sunrise to birds singing, he reminds us of beauty. In the waves crashing on the beach, we can see his power. Through a random song on the radio, we’re reminded of love. And through his love letter to us, the Bible, we know he cares.
True encouragement is dependent on someone taking an action. God takes action for us.
It’s hard to encourage yourself, especially if things are awful. The very act of encouragement is giving someone courage, confidence, support, and hope. It’s someone else speaking truth into your life at a time when you desperately need it.
God does this, but there’s another important side to encouragement that’s crucial. It’s us. We have to let the encouragement in. When good things come, we need to see them, believe them, and let the words of truth soothe our hurts.
If we don’t—if we dismiss the verse and say it’s a coincidence or not meant for us, or if we talk ourselves out of it—then we’re not doing our part.I didn’t talk myself out of it that day. Those seven words popped into my mind, and I knew where they came from, and I trusted them.
“Wait. Trust me. I will help you.”
Those were my words. You’ll find these words written throughout the Bible. The Psalms especially speak encouragement into our lives. God knows we need encouragement.
He understands our brokenness and pain. The world might scream at us about our failures and mistakes, but God’s word will silence the world. His words are truth. Will you believe them?
Read through these Psalms and be encouraged dear one. God loves you, and He will help you.
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“ The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
“O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”
“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
“The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”
“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.”
Psalms 8:3 – 8:5
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
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