Rev. Clovis G. Chappell, D.D., penned,
“If ever I get to Heaven I expect to give particular attention to the Visitors’ Gallery.
I think there is going to be an especial place, a very choice place in Heaven for the visitors. Not, you will understand, for those who are visiting Heaven, but those who are good at visiting here. For mark you, the Lord has spoken of a special reward that He is going to give to those of whom He could say, “You visited Me.”1
David was going through one of his darkest moments, a fugitive and an outlaw, weary from constant danger, beginning to lose heart, and, even worse, his faith in God. He was hiding in the woods of Ziph, the rough mountainous country of Hebron, surrounded by the soldiers of Saul.
It was at this time that we read of his friend Jonathan . . . at midnight he arose and went to David and “strengthened his hand in the Lord.”
He made David believe again in his destiny, reminding him that one day he would be king.
For years, William Wilberforce pushed Britain’s Parliament to abolish slavery.
Discouraged, he was about to give up. His aged friend, John Wesley heard of it, and from his deathbed asked for a pen and paper. With trembling hand, Wesley wrote,
“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.”
Wesley died six days later. But Wilberforce fought for 45 more years, and, in 1833, three days before his own death, saw slavery abolished in Britain.
Even the bravest, strongest and greatest need encouragement! 2
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- Rev. Clovis G. Chappell, D.D., Sermons on Biblical Characters, Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, Copyright 1922, p. 66
- Dutch Sheets, God’s Timing in Your Life, Published by Regal Books, A Division of Gospel Light, Ventura, CA, Copyright 2001, pp. 58, 59