Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Let’s encourage one another this year

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

6th January 2013

Job expected his friends to help him. Instead, they turn into his tormentors. The issue is between him and God, not between him and them, and yet they add to his torture.

This is his plea to them,

‘How long will you torment me and crush me with words? Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me’. (Job 19:2-3)

Job is going through a crisis like very few have ever known. All of his children had died; he had lost all of his wealth, as well as his health. His wife was blaming God and telling him that he should just "curse God and die”.

At least he had friends. But what friends! They are tormenting him and crushing him with their words. They weren't very sympathetic, nor were they encouraging.

In the book of Acts, we read about Barnabas who spoke words of encouragement to a young man by the name of John Mark. He reached out to him to encourage him.

Isn’t that something we all need?

Over this coming year our friends may well find themselves in difficult and trying circumstances and God can use you to reach out to somebody.

Our friends (and family, and neighbours) will need someone who can speak a word of kindness, do something for them, believe in them, reach out and meet a physical need.

Sometimes it’s just sending a note. Sometimes it will be just giving a reassuring smile. Sometimes it will just be a comforting arm round the shoulder.

We all need encouragement.

What a contrast. Job being tormented and crushed by the words of his "friends" and John Mark being uplifted by encouragement from Barnabas.

As we travel together through the coming year will you be a Barnabas type of person, or a Job's comforter type of person?

Will people feel refreshed after being around you, or drained?

Are you careful with your words or careless?

This is something I need to think about and act upon. I pray that no one will ever say of me that my words have "crushed them" or "tormented them" because of my lack of compassion.

How about you?

Let’s aim to be an encouragement to everyone that God brings our way this year.

In fact why not ask the Lord each day, "Who can I encourage today?"

We might be surprised at their response.

Have an encouraging year,

Pastor Barry

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