The LORD GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. ~Isaiah 50:4
Do the people in your life consider you an encourager? Solomon said that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” So much speech today is a put-down of another person. What we say, when we say it, and how we say it can build up or cause much damage. There is a great need for people who will be encouragers. Let us see some key thoughts from Isaiah this morning on being an encouraging Christian.
We see the gift of encouragement.
“The LORD GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned.” The ability to encourage is a gift from God. As a gift from God, it must be used very carefully. We should seek for ways to say something that is uplifting, positive, and edifying. Encouragement brightens the day of every one. Encouragement is the game changer for someone who is used to discouragement. Encouragement can propel a non-achiever into a productive achiever. Encouragement is the stepping stone to a sinner’s salvation. It is the stimulus that can keep someone from falling away from the Lord. Everyone is blessed to be an encourager.
We see the goal in encouragement.
“The LORD GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.” Think of some of the simple ways we can encourage another person. “How can I help you?” “Let me give you a hand.” “You can do it.” “That is a great job.” “Can I pray with you?” Let’s encourage those who are weary. Let’s encourage those who are hurting. Let’s encourage those who are defeated and feel like there is no hope. Let’s lift up the fallen. Let’s bring up those who have been beaten up.
We see the gathering of encouragement.
“He wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” From our very waking moment, we should be wired to being an encourager. First, listen to the voice of the Lord. The Lord will place someone on your heart to encourage. He will remind you to give your best encouragement to your spouse and children. He might place the names of people who recently experienced a loss or are going through a fiery trial that you can help. Second, read with the intent of finding ways to be an encourager. It might be the Lord will give you a verse of scripture from your Bible reading that you can share. It might be that the Lord may lead you to a powerful quote from another Christian that you can share. Be attentive to gathering words and means of encouragement.
We see the gold in encouragement.
Gold is a very precious commodity. Gold is a commodity we treasure. Think of the gold you are placing into the life of someone you have encouraged. Your encouragement might fill an empty spot in a hurting heart. Your encouragement might help a rejected person feel accepted. Your encouragement will inspire someone else to good works (Hebrews 10:25). Your encouragement might stir a complacent Christian into a zealous Christian. Encouraging words and deeds are never distributed without the payback of a blessed life.
In a world filled with negative thinking and selfish concerns, remember the Lord has given us the tongue of the learned to give a word to him that is weary.
Have an encouraging God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 16-18