Did you know that our life can change in the blink of an eye? I certainly do! Most of us have experienced one or more life changing events that knocked us down and stomped on us. And if we were honest, standing up and facing the world was difficult. Some people can jump up, bare their fists, and throw a knock-out punch without help from anyone. Not me. I need a little encouragement.
Encouragement is the act of inspiring with courage, spirit or hope; but it is also an attempt to persuade or urge. If we were honest, we are like the paratrooper who was asked how many jumps he had to his credit. He replied, "Twenty-five." Then paused and added, "Actually, I only have one one jump to my credit. The other twenty-four times, I was pushed."
In Deuteronomy 29, Moses called all of Israel together on the Plains of Moab to remind them of all God had done for them from the time they left Egypt. Later, in the first verse of chapter 31, we read about Moses telling Israel he was an old man of one hundred and twenty years and couldn't get around like he used to. Seems Moses and I have something in common! Yet, Moses revealed to Israel that God had told him he would not cross the Jordan River with them. Did a gasp echoed throughout God's people? Did Israel become discouraged in a blink of an eye? I don't know, but in the following verses Moses reassures Israel that their God will cross the river ahead of them, destroy the nations in their path, and hand the nations over to the them.
Moses closed with words of encouragement. He encouraged Israel to be strong, to be courageous, and to not be intimidated. He reassured God's people that God was present among them, striding before them. Their God would not let them down. Their God would not leave them. Wow! Now that's encouragement.
This crisis our world is facing is a life changing event. Many people will be knocked down and some will stay down. We, as God's people, need to pray for all countries, all governing leaders, and all medical professionals. We need to pray for the hand of God to throw this crisis a knock out punch. Most of all, I encourage you to remember this world is still God's world!