Stopped for Encouragement

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6

Lori couldn’t figure out what she had done wrong. Why was the blue light flashing in her rear view mirror?

A few years ago in South Windsor, Connecticut, a police officer pulled over Lori Carlson. As the policeman approached her car, she was nervous and anxious.

To her amazement, the officer handed her a ticket that said, “YOUR DRIVING WAS GREAT! And we appreciate it.”

The officer was stopping Lori as part of a city-wide effort that day to encourage safe drivers with a two-dollar reward for obeying the speed limit, wearing safety belts, having children in protective seats, and using turn signals.

Just as it’s hard to think about a police officer pulling you over to reward you, it’s hard for some people to think about God ever interrupting their lives just to encourage them.

But He does.

God is the God of all comfort. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3, NKJV).

Jesus is the friend of sinners. “I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15, NKJV).

The Holy Spirit is our helper, not our adversary. “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17, NKJV).

When you spend time with the Triune God you will find in Him great encouragement and strength.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!