Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: I left here full, but the LORD has caused me to return empty-handed. Why do you call me ‘Naomi,’ seeing that the LORD has opposed me, and the Sovereign One has caused me to suffer?” Ruth 1 :21

LISTEN: Is your heart heavy with pain and sorrow? Are you now judging yourself by your misfortunes, tragedies and miseries? Beloved, you are wrong! God is in control and therefore cannot abandon you no matter what. You might be shaken by circumstances of life but His plans for you cannot be shaken. No doubt, you might be surrounded by darkness and hopelessness, but certainly there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ Naomi and her husband Elimelech and their two sons, Mahlon and Chillion went out of Bethlehem of Judah to Moab in search of refuge and survival because there was famine in their own land. Sadly, what looks to them like a breakthrough became a heartbreak for she lost her husband and her two sons in ten years. Obviously, it was a heartbreaking experience for Naomi and her daughters’ inlaw; as a result, she requested not to be addressed by her name Naomi, which means pleasant, but by her condition – bitterness.

She believed that she had lost everything because her two daughters’ inlaw Orpah and Ruth had no children for her late sons. Now everything is gone, so it is time to return home to her people because God has blessed Bethlehem of Judah again with food. She summoned her daughters’ inlaw, blessed them and wish them farewell. However, Ruth was very determined to go with her to Israel though her sister inlaw had accepted to return to her own people in Moab. But having refused the plea of Naomi her mother inlaw to return to her own people like her sister inlaw, they journeyed together to Israel. On arrival, when those who knew Naomi saw her, they were shocked and therefore screamed, “… Is this Naomi?” (Ruth 1 : 19). Her life was messed up by tragedy, but God compensated her in the end through her daughter inlaw Ruth, who became the woman that gave birth to Obed, Obed to Jesse, Jesse to David down to our Lord Jesus Christ. What a blessing after a rain of tragedy and misfortune! Beloved, it is not yet over with you. (Lamentations 3 : 37). Put your trust in God and you will not be disappointed. Surely, God will mend your broken heart.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. No matter what, do not name yourself by your predicament, instead, trust God for a change.
2. Learn to put your trust in God and never give up no matter how ugly it might seem.
3. Believe that your better days are not over but just beginning.
4. No matter what you face, do not give up on life or write off yourself.

Daily Prayer: Merciful Father, I thank you for a day like this. I bless your name because my life is in your hands. Do not allow evil or misfortune to overcome me, instead, let your power bless me with glory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Task: Beloved, always declare that it is not over with you. Put your trust in God and you will not be disappointed.

Daily Reflection: You might be shaken by circumstances of life but God’s plan for you cannot be shaken. Darkness and hopelessness may be your companion, but certainly there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.

Daily Quote: The rain of tragedy cannot stop the sun of blessing to shine on whom God chooses to bless.

Today In History : January 21, 1921 J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe’s destitute.

Say This: Today, I confess that I am blessed and not cursed. Therefore, I stop the rain of tragedy in my life ; and I decree the sun of favour, glory and blessing to rise and shine on my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may every curse in your life be reversed now. I command the rain of misfortune in your life to cease henceforth, as the rain of blessing and glory begin today, in Jesus’ name.

Stunning Fact: Did you know that the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON