We encourage others by our walk and our witness. We also encourage others by the way we go through testing. I like the way the New Berkley Version translates Psalm 71:20-21: “Thou, who hast made me experience troubles great and sore, wilt revive me again and wilt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou wilt add to my stature, and comfort me again.”
The longer we walk with God, the more clearly we see His ways and understand His heart. A mature saint knows that the Judge of all the earth will do right. There are no mistakes in His plans. God is in control of all testing; He will revive us where we feel dead, resurrect us when we feel low, and renew and enlarge us in our spiritual life.
The lesson is clear: ‘Occupy yourself with the Lord, and He will take care of your enemies. Fill your day with praise to the Lord, and that praise will defeat your foes. Along with your praise, pray to Him for help; and be sure to give witness to those around you. This is a combination that is unbeatable! What you are going to be, you are becoming right now.
The seed you are sowing now will give the harvest in later years: The Lord will return; so we must prepare for the future. The best way to meet the Lord is by faithfully doing His will each day. Then you will always be ready!
Verse for today: “For thou, O God, hast proved us: Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried” (Psalm 66:10).
Also read: John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 5:3; 8:35; 12:12;1 Thessalonians 3:4-5; 1 Peter 1:7; 4:12-13.
Action assignment: The word testing has a negative connotation. But with God, testing can become positive. What test are you facing today? Ask God to help you trust Him for the results of this test. Think about your witness to others. Can their faith in God be encouraged by your attitude toward this testing? If so, thank God that you can rejoice in the privilege of being a role model for others
WARREN W. WIERSBE