FROM PERIL TO PRIVILEGE

Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive. Exodus 1 : 13, 22.

LISTEN: Danger does not necessarily end in destruction, because God can turn a danger to a privilege. “After night comes day,” says a popular saying. Similarly, the bible book of Psalms 30 : 5 says, “…weeping may be for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” The story of the Israelites is a mixture of sweetness and bitterness – joy and sorrow. In famine and starvation they (Israelites) came to the land of Egypt to sojourn by the request and orders of the betrayed and exalted Joseph, who had the support of Pharaoh. Not long after Joseph, Pharaoh and that generation of the Israelites died, that Pharaoh who never knew Joseph came to power. The Israelites were mistreated marginalised and enslaved. Worst of all, their young ones were murdered by the decree of the king. The bible says, ” And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive.”(Exodus 1: 13 , 22). The Israelites, especially their young ones (males) were in danger of their lives.

However, their peril became their privilege. At a time their lives and existence were threatened, Moses was born and preserved against the King’s order. (Hebrews 11 : 23). Moses, whom by orders of the king was supposed to die immediately after delivery was favoured instead – adopted, nurtured, trained and given the best that life could offer by the family of Pharaoh. (Exodus 2 : 1 – 10). Moses, whose life was in danger became a privileged child; and by reason of his own privilege the Israelites were eventually freed from slavery and all sorts of ill treatment from the Egyptians. (Exodus 14 : 13 – 31). Beloved, is your case or that of your family similar to what you have just read in today’s devotional? Is your life characterised by ill treatment, marginalisation, enslavement, mockery, sorrow, shame, affliction, etc.? Do not worry, God knows how to get you out of that mess. Soonest, your life will turn from danger to privilege, in Jesus’ name.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Stand strong and refuse to be defeated by challenges, sufferings and troubles of life.
2. Do not neglect to pray when facing temptations and afflictions; ask God to deliver you.
3. Remember that no matter how long it takes, the purpose of God for your life will be done.
4. Do not give up on life because of sufferings, instead be courageous and wait till your change comes.

Daily Task: No matter your situation or predicament, do not lose hope; instead, keep pressing on till you receive your desired change.

Daily Reflection: When life is threatened by man’s evil decrees, deliverance can be possible by divine intervention.

Daily Prayer: Precious Father, I ask for protection and preservation over my life against the threat of my enemies. May their evil desires for me be disappointed in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today I decree over your life, your peril shall be turned to a privilege. No power, human or demon will swallow up your destiny, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: Danger against the defenseless is turned to a privilege when God is involved.

Today In History: May 3, 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Great Britain.

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