I Kings 17:16 “And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”
There are plenty of ways to get discouraged by the world. Thus, we shouldn’t look to the world to uplift us. We shouldn’t look to the government to solve our problems. We shouldn’t look for hope in man’s institutions. Instead, we should look towards God and God’s people to be our ultimate sources of encouragement.
There are times when an article comes along as a massive source of encouragement, as if it were delivered by God Himself. The following article on fallen aviator Troy Gilbert, who crashed in an F-16 in Iraq on November 27, 2006, provides just such a source of encouragement. Please especially linger on the wonderful, Godly quotes from his widow Ginger Gilbert Ravella (referred to in the link as Gilbert Ravella), that were thankfully included in the article from the Air Force News Service. They will undoubtedly encourage you: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/965011/remains-of-fighter-pilot-hero-return-home-after-10-years.aspx
Ginger’s profound words should ring in our ears as poignantly as the most powerful sermon. God is forever faithful. He is good regardless of the circumstances. We are to praise Him for His infinite mercies. We are to have a passionate love for Jesus Christ. We are to pray.
PLEASE PRAY FOR A STRONG FAITH, ENCOURAGED BY A HOPE THAT ONLY COMES FROM GOD.