Do you ever remember asking that question as a kid? Is it my turn yet? It seems like forever before your turn is here. It could be anything, but taking turns was hard for some and harder for others. I always wanted it now, not later. I wanted to experience it, read it, taste it, touch it, see it. I will be the first to admit that I am NOT a patient person.
Moses led the children out of Egypt, but Joshua would lead them into the promised land. It doesn’t matter how or why, what matters is that God asked Moses to do something which must have been extremely difficult; encourage his replacement. It’s mentioned a few times, but in Deuteronomy 3:28, God instructs Moses, ‘You must give instructions to Joshua. Encourage him. Make him strong, because Joshua must lead the people across the Jordan River. You can see the land, but Joshua will lead them into that land. He will help them take the land and live in it.’
Some of us may never do great things. We may never be famous or have a full time ministry. We may never be
called to speak or be rich enough to fly anywhere we desire, but the thing is, we are all called to encourage one another. Isaiah 41:6 says, “Workers help each other. They encourage each other to be strong.” We can do that! We can encourage each other.
You never know if what you are led to say, may just be the catalyst that propels someone else into their calling. You never know if what you say may encourage someone to believe God for something big. You never know! Be satisfied to be an encourager. Your role is invaluable. You are important to God and others. Keep encouraging! Don’t be discouraged! Whatever you sow today, you will reap tomorrow. Keep focusing on others, after many days, it will come back to you.
Father, I know I’ve been discouraged at times, but it’s then that you send someone for me to encourage, shifting my focus back to what’s important. I am yours and you have me in the palm of your hand. There’s no place I’d rather be than here, in your presence. Help me to constantly be others focused, pushing them on toward their prize. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.