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‘Encourage him and strengthen him.’ Deuteronomy 3:28 NKJ

We can sometimes feel powerless to help others—especially if all we have to give to their particular situation is words. Just saying ‘it’ll be ok,’ isn’t enough. Think back to any helpful conversations you can remember from difficult times in your life. Pretty often, the moments that stick in our sieve-like brains are the ones when people have said really encouraging things to us. Because those words matter. They can change lives. They stay with us for years, and God uses them to strengthen us during the rough times.

In Deuteronomy 3:28, God is telling Moses to encourage Joshua, getting him ready to take over from him. Following Moses would have been a tough gig. Moses had rescued God’s people from slavery, leading them through a sea which conveniently parted on the way. Huge work. But in Deuteronomy 3, you can see what his last task is. And it’s just as important. At that point, it’s not about going even further himself. It’s no longer about his own progress (no matter how much he’d love it to be). It’s all about someone else.

God asks Moses to build up Joshua, so Joshua can take the next steps set out for him and for the whole nation. Sometimes, the next world-changers just need some God-filled, encouraging words, to get them going into what God’s called them to do.

Go old-school today. Get some paper and a pen (crazy, we know) and write someone an encouraging letter. Of course you could text them or Facebook them, but there’s something permanent about physically getting snail mail. Buy a stamp and send it.

SoulFood: Is 34–37, John 7:25–32, Ps 9, Prov 28:13–16

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2016

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