Daily Reflections

Needed Encouragement

December 11, 2022 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Encourage one another and build each other up. —1 Thessalonians 5:11

Mary was arguably in the most difficult circumstance a young woman could imagine. Think about what she had to be willing to embrace if she were to say “yes” to God. She had to be willing to become pregnant under a cloud of mystery, willing to carry the child to term, and willing to endure the inevitable misunderstanding and ridicule that came from her unique situation.

To this woman, Elizabeth said, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!” (Luke 1:45). Elizabeth said that God would bless her with full satisfaction in Him if she would believe what He promised.

How much do you think Mary needed to hear that?

As do we . . . because we will never be happy if we’re not believing the promises of God. Joy and blessing, satisfaction and fullness, come from one source alone. They are the byproduct of believing what God has said. And they are the blessings we can encourage in other believers by committing ourselves to each other through Christ.

Make it Personal

Ask God to help you encourage others today in their areas of need.