Psalm 119:50 These words hold me up in bad times; yes, your promises rejuvenate me.
PY had had a rather lousy day at school so far; he got all his sums wrong, was called out for sleeping in English class and just when he thought he had got the hang of things in robotics class, his robot crashed into a wall! And as though that wasn’t bad enough, his juice spilled when he opened the bottle at lunch. As PY reached for a tissue, to mop things up, a small piece of paper fell out of his lunch box. He picked it up and read what was written on it; “Keep your chin up Sweetie; you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Love, Mum”. PY smiled; ok, so it wasn’t such a bad day after all.
Barnabas is my favourite apostle although you don’t hear as much about him as some others. His name means son of encouragement and boy did he live up to it.
When the church in Jerusalem got wind of this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check on things. As soon as he arrived, he saw that God was behind and in it all. He threw himself in with them, got behind them, urging them to stay with it the rest of their lives. He was a good man that way, enthusiastic and confident in the Holy Spirit’s ways. The community grew large and strong in the Master.
Sometimes though you might not have anyone around to encourage you, but that’s ok. Everybody goes through lonely times; even King David in the Bible did,
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6 KJV
That’s why God’s word is so awesome; it has everything you need to get you out of a tricky situation and through tough times
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Going through a tough time? What does God’s word say? Read more on Barnabas http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/barnabas-an-encouraging-early-church-leader-2/
You knew all I would go through even before I was born and that’s why You left me such encouraging promises in Your Word. Please direct me to the ones I need at that moment when I’m going through difficult times. In Jesus name I pray. Amen