Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: – Psalms 106:12-13

LISTEN: Beloved, where is your faith? It is too early in the year to complain and murmur about your lot in life. We just celebrated the new year with lots of good wishes and expectations. We have equally expressed gratitude to God for His grace and mercies over us for the year ended, so we should continue to be hopeful and expectant of God’s goodness.

Sadly, people tend to forget the goodness of God the moment they encounter difficult situations. They often conclude that yesterday was better than today, and therefore wish that they should have remained inseparable with yesterday. This was the case of the Israelites after their miraculous release from the bondage of Egypt. When they eventually believed the word of God from Moses, kept the passover and departed from Egypt; they all sang the praises of God after their passage of the Red Sea.

However, it was not long they began to complain and murmur against God. They forgot the mighty works of God and disobeyed His word. Our verse of the day said, ” Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel.” BIBLE in BASIC ENGLISH puts it this way, ” Then they had faith in his words; they gave him songs of praise. But their memory of his works was short; not waiting to be guided by him.” (Psalms 106 : 12 – 13).

Their (Israelites) faith in God was short lived. They did not possess enduring faith. They only believed God for the present. Their memories was short to keep lasting record of God’s goodness towards them. Beloved, lack of faith will cause a man to disobey God and disregard His counsel. Lack of faith will blind one’s eyes to the goodness and mercies of God. However, if you put your trust in God, it does not matter the situation, God who has started a good work in your life will certainly finish it. (Philippians 1 : 6).

Beloved, let us not live like the faithless Israelites in the wilderness who disbelieved God, instead, let us put our trust in Him regarding our past, present and future. Let us fight the fight of faith and hold unto our faith from start to finish.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never allow your present predicament to ruin your future blessings through unbelief.
2. No matter your condition, always believe that your future will be better than your past and present.
3. Always pray for, and follow divine guidance all the time.
4. Be prepared to confront your challenges and never forget to do the needful to the glory of God.

Daily Task: Do not throw away your confidence in God, rather remain strong and focused on His help and you will not be put to shame.

Daily Reflection: Why doubt God for your present and future help when you already believed Him for the past? If He is God of the past, is He not of the present and future?

Daily Prayer: Precious Father, you are mighty and wonderful. I surrender my faith life to you. Help me to overcome my fears and to follow your will, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today I prophesy over your life, God will give you reasons not to be hopeless and faithless. You will not be swallowed by circumstances of life, in Jesus’ name.