Have you ever obeyed God and then it seems like, as we said yesterday, the sky is falling in? God knew this would happen when David obeyed God and it seemed to backfire. This is why He put it in the heart of Jonathan to find David to encourage him. And finding him was like finding a needle in a haystack because David was in the deep forest of Horesh.  But, Jonathan did and he came to encourage David in God. Encouragement is the prescription that is needed when we are down. It is then that God steps in and sends to us the one who has the courage to step out of their comfort zone. In the NT we find Barnabas doing the same for a “young in the faith” Paul when he came to Jerusalem and was ostracized out of fear by the believers.

Encouraging another who is down begins first by immersing and meditating upon the Word of God day and night and hiding God’s word in your heart.  Fill your quiver with His words and His love. Then you can remind your downcast friend to think about how God has fulfilled His promises. Help them to think about “whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy.”  [Phil 4]

Be a Jonathan or Barnabas today for someone who is downcast.