Speak a word of encouragement (Bethel) into someone’s heap of ruins (Ai).
Pondering what would I speak as a word of encouragement into someone’s life after the year we come through? So many losses, health issues, financial worries, the list goes on and on.
Ai (a heap of ruins) which is beside Bethel. Bethel means House of God.
What word from the house of God, what Scripture would I offer to encourage and comfort? What encourages and comforts me?
Jeremiah 29:11 “for I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.” Would not be my first verse of choice. How can one think of plans when experiencing great loss. “Be still and know,” Psalm 46:10 does settle my heart when I’m in a spin, but what verse really speaks to me when I’m broken within?
“We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses.” Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
Of all the verse in times of distress and pain, it is very comforting for me to know,
Jesus, Himself, sympathizes with my weakness. He feels my pain, and He is interceding (praying) for me in my loss.
“Christ…who is even at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:34 NKJV
Right now, in heaven, on the right hand, the side of favor, Jesus is praying for us. What a blessed encouragement this is to my heart.
“Ai, which is beside Bethel. Joshua 12:9”
Maybe it’s not always about sharing a Scripture verse, maybe it’s about reaching out to encourage someone we know because Christ, in His prayer for them, has put in on our hearts to encourage who He is praying for. Isn’t that the sweetest! His hands, feet and comforting words through the House of God – Bethel. 💞🙏
Thank You Jesus, in our heap of ruins, You do not leave us nor forsake us on our own. All our Ai places in life are right beside Your Word – Bethel – in the House of God – the Bible.
I pray this Scripture would be an encouragement to someone today as we look to you to guide our way.
In Jesus Name,