Friday July 1, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : For the LORD will not cast off for ever: though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies – Lamentations 3: 31, 32
LISTEN : What is mercy? It is a kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly. It is equally a blessing that is an act of divine favour or compassion. The Israelites experienced this two definitions of mercy from God. The story of the Israelites, the people of Judah in particular as lamented by Prophet Jeremiah in this bible book was very pathetic. Jeremiah is known as the weeping Prophet. He lamented over the invasion and subsequent destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. He stated the sins of his people and the rejection of their God as the cause of their misery. However, in his Lamentations he didn’t fail to give hope to his people, therefore he said, ” For the LORD will not cast off for ever: though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies” ( vv. 31,32). The International Standard Version of the bible puts it this way, ” Indeed, the LORD will not always reject us, though he causes grief, his compassion abounds according to his gracious love”( Lamentations 3 : 31, 32 ).
Friend, are you currently going through series of afflictions or trials in your life? Are you sick, and it appears that you’re not going to recover from it? Is your life shattered and battered, and it seems as though the whole world is crashing down on you? Does your future seem hopeless and meaningless, as a result, you choose to give up on life? We’re you wealthy before, but today you are left with nothing? Are you laid off from your job, and the pressures of life is building up around you? Are you thrown out of your matrimonial home, and today everyone is insulting and assaulting you? Maybe your case is different from what has been mentioned above, never mind. Your intervention is on the way ( Jeremiah 32 : 27 ; 1 Peter 5 :7 ).
Beloved, your situation can’t be worse than what occasioned the weeping of Prophet Jeremiah. His land and the entire beautiful city of Jerusalem was destroyed. The gates were burnt with fire, the walls destroyed, and the inhabitants of the land taken captives by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It was a great tragedy for the Israelites. Most times like the Israelites, we’re responsible for what we’re going through: but God can’t be angry with us for ever if we’re ready to return to him. Similarly, when they( Israelites) called on the Lord after several years of servitude, he heard them and brought them back to their land. Beloved, whatever situation you find yourself right now, God’s mercy will get you out, in Jesus ‘ name.
Having heard this message, what are you expected to do?
1. Acknowledge your sins and mistakes and repent of them without hesitation ( Lamentations 3 : 40 ).
2. In any situation you find yourself, don’t give up.
3. Don’t accept your misery as your lot in life, instead, carry it to God.
4. Always trust the faithfulness of God that he will not be angry with you for ever.
When you fail or fall in your walk with God, don’t give up, run back to him and get back on your feet.
Daily Reflection : God’s mercy is for ever, but will always run out when taken for granted.
Blessed Father, I acknowledge your love and mercies towards me, I repent of my sins and mistakes, correct me with your love and keep me from falling, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy upon your life, you will not fail nor fall backwards. God will sustain and keep you from the reach of the devil and his wicked emissaries, in Jesus ‘ name.