“Encourage each other.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT
The words we speak greatly impact the people around us, for “the tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21).” Therefore, we must be intentional about choosing words that build others up and point them to the Lord.
If anyone needed to be encouraged, it was Joshua. Here was a man who had studied under the mighty leader Moses for 40 years, often looking to his mentor for wisdom and strength. But now, Moses was dead, and it was up to Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. By himself.
Only Joshua wasn’t alone. The Lord assured him of that fact. In Joshua 1:5, God said, “As I as with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Then, three times in the next few verses, God repeated, “Be strong and courageous (1:6, 7, 9).”
No doubt Joshua felt inadequate to complete the task before him. I believe that’s exactly why the Lord spoke directly to Joshua’s fear. The Lord knew exactly what he needed for the confidence to proceed. The result? Joshua bravely led the Israelites into their destiny.
Today, ask God to provide you with an opportunity to encourage someone. Trust in Him to give you the specific words to say. You may never know the ripple effect of your conversation and how He will use it. Let’s encourage each other!