Monday, April 10, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17
LISTEN: God is hurt when his people deviate from his purpose for their lives. Because he knows that such deviation from his purpose will expose them to danger and possible destruction. That is why he will not fail to warn and rebuke them (us). God brought out the Israelites from slavery in the land of Egypt and blessed them; but it was not long they forsook him and followed their own ways. They sinned heavily against him. They pushed him to give them away to captivity, as a result, were tormented for a long time by their enemies. However, he told them what to do to be restored and saved.
God asked them to learn to do good; that is, to be kind, merciful, compassionate, loving, forgiving, etc. Goodness is God’s nature, hence doing good is expressing his nature. God wants us to be loving and caring because love is his own nature. When we love others unconditionally God is honoured. Furthermore, he commanded them to seek justice; that is, to stand on the side of justice. God want us to be just, impartial, fair, and righteousness. In a world where truth is fast disappearing, he want us to conform to truth. Beloved, where justice is neglected or wrongly administered, crime will be celebrated. This was the case of the Israelites but God commanded them to do otherwise.
Besides, he equally told them to relieve the oppressed, defend the fatherless and plead the cause of windows. No doubt, a lot of people enjoy oppressing others because of their power, wealth and fame. The poor are often oppressed by ungodly rich people who does not know God nor fear him. Such lifestyle is a sin against God. God hates oppression and so should we. We should treat others with fairness. We should not be part of those who oppress others. In some cultures, the fatherless and widows lives at the mercies of relatives or others. Because they have no parents, or husbands as the case may be, their rights are often being denied. Beloved, just as God asked the Israelites to repent of these evils, we should do same to demonstrate that we truly belongs to God.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Shun evil and embrace righteousness and the fear of God.
2. Do not oppress anyone for any reason, for God is watching.
3. Plead the cause of the fatherless, widows and oppressed within your powers.
4. Learn to do good and do not be distracted or discouraged by people’s ingratitude.
Daily Task: Always remember that God is hurt when you deviate from his purpose for your life. Therefore, follow his will to discover his purpose for you.
Daily Reflection: Goodness is God’s nature, hence doing good is expressing his nature. When we love others unconditionally God is honoured.
Daily Prayer: My God and Father, forgive my unrighteousness and disobedience. Help me to know you, and to fulfill your purpose for my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God release on you, grace to do his will and fulfill his purpose for your life, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Where justice is neglected or wrongly administered, crime will be celebrated – Bishop Julius Okarike
Today In History: April 10, 1912. The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster.