For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.Mark. 9:41
Have you ever felt like you have given all you have, and yet you still have to give? Has there ever been a time when you felt that all the help you offered was ignored, or maybe even denied? Maybe you have been crushed when you have attempted with great effort to show love, and the response has been opposition or hostility? Those are hard moments. They are heartbreaking moments. Those are the moments that tend to breed hopelessness and give birth to despondency.
There is, however, an answer to those moments. I will spoil the ending by telling you his name. It is Jesus. When you have given all you have and still more is required of you, that is a beautiful moment to remember that Jesus gave more than you and I could ever give. More than that, he gave it for a purpose. He gave all (Philippians 2:5-11) in order to equip you for every struggle. That is to say, he has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). He has given you, Christian, access to the Father. You can call upon him for help and know that he hears because Jesus has covered your prayers with his own. He has given you his word so that you may be perfectly equipped to do all that is necessary. (2 Tim. 3:16-17). He has given his Spirit who enables you to do what you, in your flesh, cannot do. (Rom. 8:12-17).
In addition to these glorious things, the God of all comfort has provided water-bringers. When Jesus promises rewards to those who give water in God’s name to those who belong to Christ, you can believe and trust that there will be those who will appear in the middle of the battle with a cup. They are there. They are there to offer encouragement and prayer. They will be there to listen with a heart overflowing with the grace that saved them. They will be there to comfort with the same comfort with which they have been comforted. (2 Cor. 1:3-7).
I know, I know. Sometimes you feel like there is no one who can help. David felt that way too. (Psalm 142:4). Even there, David cried out to God in hope. In verse 7 he makes the declaration, “The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.”
Friends, let me encourage you to look for the righteous ones that the God of comfort provides for his children. Sometimes they are hard to see because the darkness clouds our hearts. They are there. They bear the name of Christ. That is how you find them. Look for them. They will be the ones with the cup of water…that is, open hearts, open ears, and the loving comfort and wisdom of Jesus Christ. God is faithful.
Now, the question is, do you think it may be possible that someone is looking for YOU?
Soli Deo Gloria.