How would you like to have someone follow you around and constantly tell you how great you are? That was the role of Steve “Crocodile” Fitch for Mike Tyson, the heavy weight fighter, at the peak of his popularity. He was a self-described master motivator or personal cheerleader. Perhaps why he referred to himself as a crocodile had something to do with his big mouth! He was a professional screamer and a very loud mouthpiece, given the task of dealing with the public and the press.
Today’s verse describes a better source of encouragement; Scripture. We need its encouragement to hold on to our hope. We need the encouragement of Scripture to endure. Our spirits sometimes lag. We get discouraged waiting for that answer to prayer or His promise to be fulfilled. But God’s Word is so much more than a pep talk. His Word is a love letter where the Lord reassures us of His faithfulness and the worth He sees in us.
The Lord so often points me to just the right passage to encourage me when I am down. He speaks to me through His Word when I am tired and feel like giving up. He knows just what I am feeling. Although I appreciate the kind words of others, nothing can give me the same kind of encouragement to hope that God’s Word does. His Word cheers me on! And I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses cheering me on as well! (Heb. 12:1) He is on my side and He wants me to succeed.
Thank you Lord, for Your Word that keep me keeping on!