Category Archives: Daily Encouragement

John 4:10

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

The woman at the well only saw a stranger who seemed very forward, but Jesus saw a woman who was trying to quench her thirst for God by relationships with men. Jesus was offering her something better. We can try to satisfy our thirst with career, money, and a host of other things, but can we see the gift of God in Jesus Christ, and are we willing to approach Jesus in prayer and ask for a drink? Living water is waiting to quench the real thirst in our souls.

Exodus 2:5-6

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

The shocking thing about this story is that Moses was protected and raised by the very people who were massacring every newborn Hebrew boy they could find. The great deliverer of the Jews was nurtured by the Egyptians. Do you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances? Remember that God can use anything to bring about His purposes.

Galatians 1:3-5

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The word “rescue” implies that we are in crisis and need help. What does Christ rescue us from? Our sins and this present evil age. Our struggles are both internal and external; we struggle against our desire to rebel against God, and we are bombarded by a world that wants to pull us into its grasp. Yet God is greater than both, for Christ died to take our internal turmoil upon Himself and empower us through the Holy Spirit to flourish in this world.

2 Samuel 22:17-18

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.

This was a song that David sang when he was delivered from King Saul, who was trying to kill David. A feeling of relief is throughout the song as David recounts that he could not deliver himself, but God saved him. Have you ever felt in waters so deep that you knew you couldn’t swim out of them? Take heart, for the same God who delivered David can rescue us. When you know that the opposition is far stronger than you are, let God take hold of you in your despair. He can and He will deliver you.