Encourage One Another in Battle

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day. But the men of Israel encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day.    Judges 20:21-22

 It was a sad day in Israel. 22,000 men cut down in battle in one day. In times like that most men would take another look at the situation and consider going home, but that was not in the mind of the Israelites. Rather than talking retreat or surrender they encouraged one another.

I have seen ministries going through tough times and have noticed that in those times there are some who will bail out, some who will stay and complain about the way things are, and then there are some who will band together and encourage one another in the Lord.

Godly men and women need to surround themselves with people who believe in their vision, are in agreement with their mission, and who are committed for the long haul. Great victories only come out of great struggles and those who stay in the battle are the ones who win the victory.

Because there were leaders among the soldiers who would not accept defeat but instead encouraged one another they came up with a plan which defeated the Benjamites giving them the victory. The Israelites would not have won that war if they had not encouraged one another in the face of imminent defeat.

Do you know anyone who is struggling? They may be having problems with a sin in their life, or maybe a relationship has gone bad. Maybe they are the victim of someone else’s sin and they are so discouraged they are thinking about giving up. Seek them out and begin to encourage them. Share God’s promises with them and help to rebuild their hope.

You may find that when you have invested in another who is going through hard times that you will have someone to encourage you when you are going through the tough times.

 Prayer: Lord, give me grace to be an encourager. Amen.

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