Be Spurred On

Moose Jaw - - Classifeds - By Wanda Smith

The over­all pur­pose of this col­umn is to en­cour­age and in­spire you, dear read­ers. It has been a great honor and priv­i­lege to come into your home each week; I trust over these past seven years, you have been en­cour­aged and in­spired in your life. The Word of God says, “A word fitly spo­ken is like ap­ples of gold in set­tings of sil­ver.” To en­cour­age means to “give sup­port, con­fi­dence or hope to (some­one).” Syn­onyms are hearten, cheer, up­lift, spur on, stir up, stim­u­late, in­vig­o­rate, rally or for­tify. 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:11 says, “There­fore en­cour­age one an­other and build each other up...” The writer of He­brews sug­gests, “And let us con­sid­ers how we may spur one an­other on to­ward love and good deeds, not giv­ing up meet­ing to­gether, as some are in the habit of do­ing, but en­cour­ag­ing one an­other – and all the more as you see the Day ap­proach­ing.”

I like the word­ing of this verse... “Spur one an­other on.” If you are fa­mil­iar with a good sad­dle bronc or bare­back ride at a rodeo, you’ll see the cow­boys “rak­ing” the horses’ necks with his spurs (it doesn’t hurt the an­i­mal). A good spur ride is worth the fee of ad­mis­sion; the greater the cow­boy spurs, the greater the horse will buck it seems.

To­day, I pray that the words I pen will spur you on in life. Do not give up, dear reader. Do not be faint of heart. Even David, the fa­mous shep­herd and writer of the pre­cious book of Psalms, had to en­cour­age him­self. He had cried all his tears. Ev­ery­one had turned against him. He and his sol­diers had lost their city (it was burned) and all their wives, daugh­ters, and sons had been taken cap­tive. He was griev­ing to the point of ex­haus­tion (maybe that is where you are to­day).

“David was greatly dis­tressed (are you greatly dis­tressed?); for the peo­ple spoke of ston­ing him (do you have peo­ple who hate you or are against you?), be­cause the soul of all the peo­ple was grieved, ev­ery man for his sons and for his daugh­ters (ev­ery­one had ex­pe­ri­enced loss); BUT David en­cour­aged him­self in the Lord his God.” It is sug­gested Psalm 25 was com­posed at this time in his life; in it he in­di­cates his un­wa­ver­ing trust in God dur­ing times of cri­sis and hard­ship. It is a great prayer to pray dur­ing dan­ger­ous and dark times.

Af­ter David spent time en­cour­ag­ing him­self, he asked the Lord for his next step (this is a good sug­ges­tion to use for the next step af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing loss or hard­ship). God an­swered him with spe­cific direc­tions. At the end of the bat­tle, “noth­ing of theirs was lack­ing, ei­ther small or great, sons or daugh­ters, spoil or any­thing which they had taken from them; David re­cov­ered all.” This true ac­count of David’s life is an ex­am­ple for us to pat­tern our lives af­ter. When he was down and out; when all looked lost, David made a choice – not to wal­low in de­spair but to strengthen him­self in the Lord. This is ex­actly what will fix ev­ery­thing.

We must strengthen our­selves in Him; in His prom­ises. Re­count the ways He has brought us through in the past. Open up The Word of God, pray in the Spirit and speak strength into our own hearts. All may seem lost. It may seem there is noth­ing to live for BUT you haven’t fac­tored in God work­ing be­hind the scenes. Chin up. Wipe your tears. Wash your face. En­cour­age your­self and trust God. He will come through for you!

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