Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For he will not always overlook the plight of the poor, nor will the hope of the afflicted perish forever. Psalms 9 : 18
LISTEN: When God delays to intervene in the oppression, affliction and plight of the poor and afflicted, it is often taken by men as God turning his back on the afflicted. But that is not true. Life may be unfair to you, but God is always good and compassionate. The wailing and groaning of the poor and oppressed cannot escape the attentive ears of God. God takes note of your tears and heartbreak. He knows the pain you are going through each day. He also knows how to calm your troubled heart. No matter what happens, God will eventually give peace to those who sincerely cry to him for help. Beloved, is your heart troubled? Does your life look miserable? Are you heartbroken and depressed? Does your situation seem too big for you to bear? Do you think that God has abandoned you? Do not forget that God cannot abandon those who put their trust in him. He is forever faithful, merciful, kind, compassionate and loving. Unfortunately, most times we think that God has abandoned us to our fate, as a result, we cry and worry ourselves against the will of God.
Thankfully, the bible says, “For he will not always overlook the plight of the poor, nor will the hope of the afflicted perish forever.” (Psalms 9 : 18). This means that God really understands how you feel and what you are going, or may have gone through. He is not ignorant of your affliction. He has not forgotten you as you claim. He will not overlook your suffering. He will certainly intervene in your case. Beloved, this is your season of divine intervention. Yes, cheer up! (Psalms 12 : 5 ; 102 : 17). God knows how to deliver you from your distresses and afflictions. Though, he (God) for a time may seem to neglect or forget the afflicted, poor and needy, and suffer their enemies to triumph over them; yet he will eventually rise in their defense. Beloved, the afflicted, the needy, and the poor, whose expectation is from the Lord, are never forgotten, because sometimes their deliverance is delayed for the greater confusion of their enemies, the greater manifestation of God’s mercy, and the greater benefit to themselves. Beloved, cheer up and Praise God! Your help is on the way.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Always remember that God cannot abandon you, therefore keep believing.
2. No matter what, do not give up on your expectations, for your hope will not perish.
3. Always remember that God knows and cares about what you are going through.
4. Determine to count on the faithfulness and promises of God.
Daily Task: Always pray and believe for divine intervention even when it seems delayed; and do not forget that God knows and cares about your welfare.
Daily Reflection: Those who determine to feed their faith and starve their doubts, are never frustrated by challenges and troubles of life.
Daily Prayer: Blessed and compassionate Father, rise up to help me in my afflictions. May you not allow me to faint and be defeated, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I declare over your life, may God release divine help and intervention for you today. Every resistance to this declaration is hereby destroyed, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Delay is not always to our disadvantages, sometimes our deliverance is delayed for the greater confusion of our enemies.
Today In History: May 2, 1919. The first U.S. air passenger service starts.