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Reach Devotional – Word of Encouragement (W.O.E.) to You

Reach Devotional – Word of Encouragement (W.O.E.) to You

WOE 2 You

Whenever we hear the word ‘W.O.E’ in the Bible it is never attached to anything good.

Isaiah 5:21 ‘woe to those who are wise in their own eyes’ 

But I want to offer another ‘woe’ to you. A Word Of Encouragement.

As you know we are in the midst of a pandemic and national crisis due to the spreading of Covid-19. And a word has been floating around that seemingly is on the verge of being lost in our English Lexicon. You have heard this word ever sense the CDC has urged us to stay home and quarantine. And if you must leave make sure it is for the sake of an essential.

But can I use another word if you will? Need. Don’t leave home unless it is for the sake of addressing a need. Please don’t leave home unless there is a need for water, food or hygienic supplies. The country, community and city is begging and pleading with you to only leave your home unless it is for the sake of a need.

At this time as the country is mandated to quarantine, I want to encourage you to lift your gaze toward the scriptures for comfort. In times like these the Word of God is essential to our spiritual survival and thriving. The Apostle Paul wasn’t under a mandatory quarantine but in a maximum security jail in Rome. He writes a letter to the Philippians church, literally pastoring from prison, and it is overflowing with joy, rejoicing and thankfulness for four chapters.

In the conclusion of his letter he reveals a secret that has kept him grounded and centered through his incarceration.  And even in this he rejects complacency or even complaining. He had dined sumptuously and had inadequate sustenance. He has lived lavishly and walked in the shoes of the homeless. This has taught him to be content in whatever situation he is in and can say with confidence

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. 

I know that we are anxious to drive to the HEB and Krogers for food. And I know that there home and hygienic accoutrements available at your local Walmart or Target. But at this time on a higher, heavier and holier level our mind, body and souls have a need now like never before to be enriched only by the one who created us in his image. Jesus Christ.

If you have some questions in the corners of your mind

And traces of discouragement and peace you can not find

Reflections of the old past, they seem to face you everyday

There’s one thing I know for sure, That Jesus is the Way

Jesus is the answer for the world today

Above him there is no other Jesus is the way.

WOE 2 YOU!

-Ralph D. West II