Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Taste and see the Lord is good

Koshy George
CSI Jubilee Memorial Church, NY

11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
             Just like we taste honey and find that it is sweet, we can experience that the Lord is good.   God becomes real in our life when we go through difficult experiences.  We find that the Lord is good when we depend on Him for our daily needs.  We read about men of God who went through various experiences in life that made them realize that the Lord is good and that He keeps His promises.  Many hymns were written by authors who went through real life experiences.  As the Psalmist wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him” Ps. 34:8.
God commanded Moses to encourage and strengthen Joshua to lead Israel to the Promised Land.  Moses was a mentor to Joshua.  “Mentoring” is not a word mentioned in the scripture, but the concept is found throughout the Bible.  The relationship between the prophet Elijah and his successor Elisha is a prime example for this.  Leaving a legacy for those who follow us, may be the chief benefit of mentoring another individual.  A mentor or guru will encourage and build up the student or trainee to be successful in life.  Mentoring may be a lost art in this age of technology where everybody is busy with face book and texting but lack the one-on- one interaction.
In our Church and at home, are we encouraging one another and building each other up ?  Are we training our youngsters in the right way, so that they will grow up to be better Christians and useful citizens in the world?  Younger people are asking, “Where can I find a mentor?”
Human beings crave for appreciation and a little encouragement can transform relationships especially in a marriage.  Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  A kind word can fuel our energy and fills us with new enthusiasm to face challenges life throws our way.  


Lord, help us to taste that You are good.  You have been good to us, but we have failed to recognize that.  Lord, open our eyes to other’s need for attention, affection, and encouragement.  Thank You for the power You have given us to encourage others.  May we grow in that ministry. Amen.
Encourage one another daily (Heb.3:13).
"The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up" Mark Twain.