Mobile users: Visit Daily Encouragement on your mobile browser, hit "Add to home screen" or "Add page shortcut." This creates an instant Daily Encouragement App!
A new message is updated most weekdays usually by Noon Eastern Time (USA).
(Click refresh or reload for current message)
Monday, March 13, 2023
Even in the relative starkness of late winter Lancaster farm views are beautiful.
This photo was taken by our friend Nick Nichols.
"O Yes, He Cares"
Message summary: Yes, God cares! Today He cares about you. Whatever you’re going through or whatever you will go through, God does care and can be absolutely depended upon! He will see you through. He is steadfastly faithful!
Listen to our message on your audio player.
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God?’ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:27-29).
About 700 women gathered at the "Ladies Gathering" on Saturday at our church. Not only were the messages faith building by our women's ministries director, Liz Rodriguez but the worship was as well. "Waymaker" especially touched my spirit each time we repeated these lines,
"Even when I can't see it You're working,
Even when I can't feel it You're working.
You never stop, You never stop working;
You never stop, You never stop working."
Burdens came to light during that segment of the song and I freshly committed them to Jesus and even today I'm singing in my head, "Even though I can't see it You're working...You never stop, You never stop working". I hope you'll take the time to listen (link below) and sing along with this powerful song!
Today we consider those who question that God is still working. I counseled with a woman named Suzanne.* She's had a series of tough turns in life. Her husband died after a lengthy illness, two of her children are living in rebellion and have no interest in the things of God. She takes care of two of her grandchildren which is a heavy load for her to bear alone. Amidst all the challenges already mentioned she also struggles to manage financially, is physically and spiritually weak and weary. (Her story could be repeated many times over throughout America and beyond.)
She candidly expressed, "I just don’t think God cares about me anymore". We’ve probably all met people with this degree of spiritual discouragement and some of us have been there ourselves. Some of our readers may be feeling that way today.
Ministry encounters like this are not unusual and one of the major goals of our ministry is to give people a biblical assurance of God's faithfulness so they can have "strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow".
The daily text expresses an ancient complaint and yet one that is surely heard by God millions of times every day:
"My way is hidden from the LORD" which is essentially saying God is not aware of my situation.
"My cause is disregarded by my God" which is essentially saying God doesn't really care.
Oh sure, the wording may be different, but the basic complaint remains the same. To the bitter it may be, “God doesn’t care, He’s forgotten all about me.” To the believer undergoing trial it might be the heartfelt inquiry, “Does God still care?” Has He forgotten?” Has my cause been disregarded?
The Scripture abundantly provides an answer to this complaint in the verses that follow. Hear the word of the Lord and be encouraged: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:28,29).
Yes, God cares! Today He cares about you. Whatever you’re going through or whatever you will go through, God does care and can be absolutely depended upon! He will see you through. He is steadfastly faithful!
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen and Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Jesus, I consider the multitude of hymns based upon Your Holy Word reminding me that You are present in the midst of my personal troubles. Edward Mote describes those times when it seems You’re hidden from our grasp, “When darkness hides [Your] lovely face, I rest on [Your] unchanging grace.” Sometimes the darkness of our ongoing struggles casts a shadow over Almighty God who works on our behalf even when He seems to be hidden from our sight. I know, in my heart of hearts, that You don’t disregard my need, so I will trust You as I call upon Your name in prayer. I am confident that You hear my plea. I have assurance that You will strengthen me in my weariness and empower me in my weakness during the ongoing struggle. So I’ll continue to look to You for all my needs this day. In Your name, Jesus, I commit those things that concern me so that I won’t let them become a stumbling block to my faith and trust in You. Amen.
* This represents someone we actually met in the course of our ministry but Suzanne is not her real name and the details of her plight are purposefully obscured.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Waymaker" Click to listen on YouTube Gaither Vocal Band
"I Speak Jesus" Click to listen on YouTube Charity Gayle Brooksyne's Note: This song is one that I turn up the volume every time it comes on the radio. When we sang this on Saturday at the Ladies Gathering I began to speak and sing the name of Jesus on behalf of my family, both sides, immediate and distant. I speak Jesus over my family, I trust you do as well. Stephen's note: Especially on our hearts due to increasing addictions so many deal with is the line, "till every dark addiction starts to break".
"Cast My Cares" Click to listen on YouTube Shane & Shane
"Does Jesus Care" Click to listen on YouTube Homecoming Singers A good number of these folks are now on the other side, but during this recording quite a few were living as widows and widowers who had said good-bye to the dearest on earth to them. Get out your tissues!
O yes He cares; I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.
To receive the "Daily Encouragement" each Monday-Friday use our sign-up form or this page to subscribe to our free email list. You can also subscribe to the Wordpress rss feed or through a Wordpress email subscription. (See the email subscription on the top right side after opening this page.)
We want to thank all who financially support our ministry this past year (and some for many years!). We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support at this time but if you would like information about making a donation to our ministry see here.
In considering support we are so pleased when we hear from you, our readers, that our messages are a source of teaching and encouragement to you. We also urge you to consider the mission aspect of these daily teachings that are freely available and read by many all over the world.
To donate directly online click here. (This will open to a page that designates the offering to: STEPHEN & BROOKSYNE WEBER - 700001-237376 SERVING IN SPECIALIZED CHAPLAINCY)
If you desire you can also donate directly through PayPal using this link. This will open to a page that states "Brooksyne Weber". We keep this option available due to the familiarity, convenience, for international supporters, and for those who may not need an official receipt. You can also set up for recurring donations.
Stephen & Brooksyne
Daily Encouragement on: Wordpress iHeart radio
Permissions: Please feel free to pass on, reproduce and distribute any material on Daily Encouragement Net, in part or in whole, in any format, provided that you do not alter the wording in any way or charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. It is our desire to spread this material, not protect or restrict it. We do request that you keep the contact, copyright and subscription information intact.
Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: New International Version. © 1984 by International Bible Society; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. and the King James Version.
Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
© Copyright 2023 Stephen C. & Brooksyne Weber - All Rights Reserved
Daily Encouragement Net - 495 Kraybill Church Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552 USA
"Living securely today anchored in God's solid foundation"