The Spider’s Web

Who would have thought you could gain insight into life from a spider’s web? They are beautiful, purposeful in their design, but they are also a snare, deceiving prey with its beauty.

As I reflect on this today, it reminds me of Ecclesiastes, and it states that there is a time for everything. There are no guarantees that life will always be as I currently know it to be. People and things wither away and won’t endure the test of time. Whom will I put my confidence in when these changes happen? Who will hold me together and bring me through? Where will my hope be found when the sword crushes my spirit? If it’s in anything other than Christ, I deceive myself.

Where is your confidence today? Is it in your job, your relationships, self, or is it in the things you have and your talents? As beautiful as some items are, sometimes they can turn into a web of deception when we hold tight to them for security.

Encouragement for the Encourager

dahlia-538762_1280“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”

Romans 1:12

When I look at encouragement in the form of faith it takes on a new perspective.  It is no longer the pat on the back of a job well done or a note/card given in response for a good deed,  but something lived out and carried forth by example sharing with others.

In Chapter 1 in the book of Romans, we find Paul’s letter to the Romans sharing the Good News of Christ and expressing his wish to visit them to give them a spiritual gift that would help them grow strong in the Lord. (Rom 1:11) We then see Paul  write, “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”

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