Encouragement

How often do we go to other people looking for encouragement? Or read an inspirational book, watch a good sermon? I’m not saying these things are bad, but how often do we go directly to the Source of good encouragement–the Bible? I know that often it’s one of the last places I go, or at least not the first. I’m ashamed to say it, but it’s true. I’m always trying to do better about this. I have read the following Scriptures this week in a devotional I have. I have found them to be very encouraging, hitting the mark on what I needed to hear. They are familiar, but no less powerful. I wanted to share them with you and just let His words do the talking.

Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:28 “And I know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

2 Corinthians 12:10 “This is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Jeremiah 31: 23, 25 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel says…I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”

Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

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