A little bit of encouragement goes a long way

SCRIPTURE SPEAKS TO US
“Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 51:11

RESPONSE TO THE WORD
This reminds us of God’s power to rescue us from the circumstance of life and restore us to a better place where joy abounds. The joy, we are told, is so great we will sing songs and wear crowns as if we were royalty!

Some might suggest this as a view toward our eternal reward in heaven. Others might say that we can always look forward to better things in this life. Regardless, this is a hopeful message, written at a time when God’s people were held captive in Babylon. They needed some encouragement! They were at a low point in that ancient day, living in exile in a strange and foreign land against their will. All they had was God’s promise to look forward to better times.

Perhaps you need an encouraging word today! Turning to scripture and prayer gives us encouragement. The reader is reminded in the preceding verse of God’s power. God dried up and held back the waters of the Red Sea so that the children of Israel could escape the bondage and slavery of Egypt. In the subsequent verse, we are reminded that we should not fear mortal man but instead trust that One who can comfort us in every circumstance.

Ultimately, this passage is an encouragement to live by faith. We will have difficulties in our lives, but as people of faith, we can receive and feel the very comfort of God despite any and all circumstances we might face. Having that comfort allows us to endure our situations with a different perspective. Like our ancient spiritual ancestors, we have God’s promise to look forward to better times. It doesn’t necessarily mean our difficulties will be removed; but we will have “Joy” in all we do when living by faith.

PRAYER
Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for all those times You have rescued us. Strengthen our faith in You so that we do not waiver in our tough times. Amen!