As these quarantine weeks drag on and we are separated from fellow Believers and our Church Body, I would ask you one question. Who is encouraging the encourager? Right now your Pastor is preaching in a empty Church or into a computer screen…with no sea of friendly faces smiling back at him. From my own years of public speaking and preaching I loved the immediate feedback I would get from crowds…nodding in agreement, laughing at a funny story, or yelling out answers when I asked for crowd participation…their timely responses spurred me on. So I can only imagine how difficult it is to preach God’s Word into the air, praying it will hit home and change lives. Our Pastors who has encouraged us all these weeks could use a little encouragement themselves right now…so take a moment and ask God how you could bless your Pastor this coming week.
Revelation 2:3 reminds us during this difficult and unprecedented time, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary.” But let’s just admit it, we are all becoming physically and mentally drained from the barrage of news about the corona virus. We are weary psychologically from sheltering in place…alone and isolated from family and friends. We are becoming exhausted and irritable from having everyone in the household cooped up together. Paul encouraged the people of Galatia when he wrote, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) This is not the time of discouragement for the Believer…for the world is desperately looking for hope…and you have that hope within you to give… it’s called the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!