Heb 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,
Equipping Encouraging and Loving One Another
Throughout the Bible, we find examples of people who struggled with life’s most difficult trials. David, Elijah, and Jeremiah had bouts of fear, anxiety, and depression. Job experienced confusion and suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally. Habakkuk had great concerns that led to serious questions. Those who built the early church experienced both rejection and persecution. Paul often felt overwhelmed. And Peter always seemed to be in some kind of conflict.
We can learn a great deal from the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:2) who have gone before us in the faith and now live in glory with the Lord. But we can also learn much from the faithful who are alive and facing trials, tests, and tribulations. Sharing one’s story and testimony can be an encouragement to others. It can also strengthen those who might be facing similar problems and encourage family, friends, and caregivers.