6 December 2021

Proverbs 25:25

Like cold water to a weary soul
    is good news from a distant land.

The letter or email or the phone call from a loved one or about a loved one – that good news from a “far country” is indeed like cold water to a thirsty soul. Sometimes we don’t realize how thirsty we were until we get the communication.

What news do you have and to whom? To whom can you give a cup of cold water? Is there someone you can take time today to write or email or phone and give the good news of your greeting? Pray now about this. Ask the Lord to place someone on your heart now and determine to send your good news.

Or maybe your recipient is your neighbor with whom you have communicated very little. You can live close to someone and yet be at a distance. Perhaps today is the day of sending good news of your friendship.

Maybe the recipient needs to be a loved one in your own house who needs to hear the good news of your love, and you are unaware of how distant you have been.

Perhaps the good news you need to be sending is the good news of the gospel. Is there someone you have withheld it from? Is there someone who needs to hear your story? For we are the recipients of good news from a far country. Our Lord left heaven and traveled to us to deliver the good news of salvation. He has sent the Holy Spirit to us to carry this news into our hearts, and it indeed has refreshed us. Let us also determine to be messengers of such good news.


Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.