Monday, June 2, 2014
Often initiated by uttering the phrase “Give me five” or “High five,” the high five is a hand gesture in which two participants raise their hands and slap open palms together as a sign of celebration and/or encouragement. At Cross Community Church, there is a lot of high-fiving going on with both the young and the old; we are excited about what God is doing!
Did you know there are “holy high fives” throughout the Scriptures? From “In the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1) to “Yes, I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20), our God offers eternal encouragement to His people. Here is one such word of comfort:
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
Does anyone need a little encouragement today? God sends encouragement to His people in a variety of ways and forms—through people, places, things, and events. Sometimes we are encouraged by the presence of an old friend . . . by a familiar place . . . by a sound, song, or sight.
Encouragement is all around us if we will but look for it. And we can find no better place of eternal encouragement than in the Scriptures themselves. The Word of God is a treasure trove of total truth that brings with it good hope and great peace, which are realized through a growing knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are feeling weak today, go to His Word and He will give you strength. If you are feeling low today, go to His Word and He will lift you up (James 4:10). If you are feeling anxious today, go to His Word and He will give you the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). If you are feeling lonely today, go to His Word and He will pour His presence into you (John 14:18). If you are feeling sick today, go to His Word and He will be your healing balm of Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22). There is no end to the water of refreshment in the well of His Word!
Our God is an awesome God who offers a never-ending supply of supernatural encouragement for His people. Whatever ails you today, there is comfort to be found in His Word. Cast your care upon Christ today, weary traveler, because He cares for you and stands at the ready to give you a “holy high five” that will encourage your heart and strengthen you in every good deed.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22 ESV). So you see. . . you have His Word on it!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!