We also pray always for you . . . that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
I have high respect for brave men and women who climb rugged mountain peaks. They have to take serious precautions as they scale sheer cliffs. One safety feature is a line thats always connected to a person below, who is called the belayer. If the climber loses his balance or falls, the belayer holds him securely until he can regain his footing and continue his ascent or descent. Thus, to belay is to anchor, to hold securely, to keep safe.
Hope Church, near Cincinnati, has an adult fellowship group called The Belayers. Its members are committed to giving one another help and support in their daily walk with Christ and promise to uphold one another in prayer. They provide assistance as needed, they encourage one another, and they come alongside in times of spiritual danger. They hold the ropes for each other.
I think that the apostle Paul was a belayer for many churches, including the Thessalonian church. The believers there were undergoing persecution and were troubled. He reminded them that they were chosen and still loved by God (2 Thess. 2:13). And he encouraged them to continue trusting the Lord, and prayed for them (vv.15-17).
Whose rope is God encouraging you to hold?
When others help in time of need,
We then should let them know
How much their strength has meant to us;
To them our thanks we owe.
A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up or going on.