“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another I just
as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5: 11
King David faced it and said, "My soul is among the lions' I must be among those who breathe forth fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword." (Psalm 57:4)
Charles Hadden Spurgeon, the marvelous English preacher faced it and said, "The cloud is black…Depression has now become to me as a prophet in rough clothing…”
Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China, faced it and wrote about the enormous pressure he felt. It was as near as ever present to him as the air he breathed.
Elijah faced it and said, "Take my life...There is nobody except me left, Lord." (1 Kings 19}
What was it that all these faced? Discouragement. It is something that all who are part of the human family face from time to time. No one escapes. Happily, there is help. There is a remedy. It is wrapped in skin made of flesh and blood. God's prescription of discouragement is another person, an encourager.
In the Bible, an encourager is someone who comes alongside to comfort and help us. That is what the word means. With its other privileges and responsibilities, the church is supposed to be a community of encouragers. God designed His church to be a place where people who are suffering from emotional and spiritual hurts can find help. The need for encouragers is so vast as to be almost without limit. Only insensitivity could keep us from recognizing the situation.
Wake Chapel is very fortunate. We have a number of people who see the need and are committed to being encouragers. I have experienced their ministry .But this group is sorely understaffed and in need of reinforcements. One of my most frequent prayers in behalf of our church is that God will raise up an even greater company of men and women who are committed to practicing the fine art of encouragement. God said it -" ...Encourage one another. .." Let's do it.
I am happy to be your pastor!