WORK FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION

Saturday, October 1, 2016.


Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns. I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: all of you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.- Isaiah 62 : 1 ,6, 7 (UKJV).

LISTEN: God gave an unlikely message to Prophet Jeremiah concerning the children of Israel who were carried away captives to Babylon. God said to the exiled Israelites, “Seek the welfare of the city to which I’ve exiled you and pray to the LORD for it, for your welfare depends on its welfare.” Jeremiah 29 : 7 (ISV). Another translation said, “Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you shall have peace.”(NHEB). I believe that the Israelites on exile to Babylon might have asked questions like, ‘Why should we pray for the good of our captors, the Babylonians? Did they not invaded our country and our city Jerusalem and destroyed everything we had worked for? If they had our welfare at heart would they have treated both ourselves and our kingdom in this debased manner? Isn’t it better to pray for their harm and misfortune than for their good? Are they not responsible for our hardship and misery?’ But to their surprises, God came to them with a message that’s so unlikely, unexpected and difficult to accept. God commanded them to work for the good of the kingdom of Babylon, because their own good depend on the good of the land.

Beloved, do you know that your welfare to a large extent depend on the success of your indigenous and country of residence. Maybe you’re still in doubt, but sincere answers to these questions will dissolve your doubts. Is our country Nigeria currently facing economic recession? Do you personally feel the impact of the recession? Are businesses thriving as usual? Are people not being laidoff from their jobs, and their lives almost wrecked? What does all that tells you? It simply means that your welfare depend on the welfare of the land where you’re resident. When the place enjoys peace you’ll enjoy peace, when they have war your peace is threatened. Today, October the 1st, Nigeria is celebrating her independence in the midst of countless challenges. Should we play neutral and act as if there’s nothing we can do for our country? Should we not join hands to truly make Nigeria independent in practice and not in principle? You might not be happy with what is happening in our country, but that’s not enough to play neutral.

Nigeria is a nation with numerous natural endowments and resources that’s capable of placing her as one of the most successful nations of the world. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case. Beloved, should we give up on our country? Of course not! Every citizen of this country owes her (Nigeria) a duty. That’s, to work and pray for the good of our nation. Like Prophet Isaiah, we all must not relent until we see our country take her place amongst the successful nations of the world. Isaiah said this about his own land Jerusalem, ” For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns.” In the same way, Let’s continue to intercede for our nation. Let’s pray to God and not cease. God himself through the prophet urged Israel to pray to him for their nation, He said, ” I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: all of you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,” Beloved, this is not the time to criticise and apportion blames to others, but time to intercede and work for the good of our nation. Let’s with Prophet Isaiah say, “ All of you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make our nation a praise in the earth.”

Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
1. Let’s stop blaming one another for our nation’s woes, but rather seek solutions for a better future.
2. Don’t give yourself away to be used to execute evil and satanic projects in the land, rather determine to leave a legacy of positive change.
3. Don’t ever contribute to anything that will continue to retard the success of our nation.
4. Always say no to political crime and vices, and renounce anti growth activities in the land.

Daily Task : This is not time to criticise and apportion blames to others, but time to reflect and intercede and work for the good of our nation.

Daily Reflection : Your love for your country is evidenced by what you do for your country; there’s no better way to demonstrate your love for your country than to work for her good welfare.

Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for your word today, help me to serve you through my nation in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, the sun of favour, success, greatness and righteousness is risen upon you and our nation Nigeria. Wherever you are around the globe, God’s hand of grace is upon you in Jesus ‘ name.

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