“Hope loves company, so seek refreshment from your Savior. Be refreshed so you can refresh others.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 13, 2023
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
What does it mean to be refreshed? It is to be made fresh, to revive, to enliven, to invigorate, to rejuvenate, to energize, to restore, to recharge, or to revitalize. A meager cup of lukewarm coffee comes alive with a satisfying taste when mixed with hot, freshly brewed beans. A lukewarm life is warmed and encouraged when refreshed with warm words of encouragement and acts of kindness. Everyone we meet becomes a candidate for refreshment. Our faith cools down when Christ seems silent, and circumstances continue to crumble, but a sincere prayer from a righteous friend warmly restores our confidence. Our hope feels deferred in the face of disappointment and rejection, but the acceptance and love of a community of believers in Jesus energizes us. Hope loves company. Seek refreshment from your Savior and His followers. Be refreshed so you can refresh others.
Charles Spurgeon describes the counter-intuitive process of being refreshed when refreshing another, “So that watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart.” Refreshing others brings us refreshment.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint” (Jeremiah 31:25).
When your parched soul has been watered by dew from heaven, you can lead others to the Lord’s watering hole. People are frantically feeling robbed by insensitive institutions and greedy governments, but we can reconnect them to their generous God. Jesus gives us an abundant life to be shared with others who are absent of abundance. “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).
Your refreshment reciprocates refreshment. When you refresh another financially, you are refreshed by faith and the joy of generosity. When you refresh another emotionally, you are refreshed by peace and contentment. When you refresh another spiritually, you are refreshed by the grace and love of God. Are you in need of refreshment? If so, receive Christ’s full cup of joy. Drink often with the Lord so you can generously refresh friends.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).
Dear Lord, I receive Your refreshing love so by Your grace I can refresh others, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
How can I stay in a routine of refreshment so that I in turn can refresh others?
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: Psalm 34 (Live)
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