Names are very important to each of us. This was especially true in Bible times. Even more so than in our day, names were given to address the character of the person.
One man in the Bible of which this is especially true is Barnabas. His real name was Joses and then later changed to better fit his character. Barnabas means “son of consolation”.
As you study the book of Acts, which is the history of the New Testament church, you find this man in an encouraging place. He was constantly encouraging people in the Lord. At times, it was giving of his resources. At times, it was seeking out lonely people and including them. At times, he found misunderstood people and affirmed them. He was such an encouragement that he is called the “son of consolation.”
There are two kinds of people in our world. There are those who encourage and those who discourage. It’s not pleasant to be around someone who is discouraging. They are like a drink of water to a drowning man. They brighten the room simply by leaving it.
But oh, to find an encourager. God is a God of encouragement. And, all encouragement comes from Him and, all discouragement comes from Satan.
There are times when all of us get discouraged. In those times, it is so good when someone can lift the load somehow and encourage us. May I encourage you today to be a support to someone who may be discouraged? Perhaps it’s life’s burden, maybe financially related, maybe an illness, or perhaps just a weight or load hard to bear. Extend a hand, share a kind word, or just be there to listen. All of us need to be uplifted at times. And, how much more do we need to uplift others!