Topic: Channel Of Blessing [Wednesday November 22, 2017]
Text: Jeremiah 22:1-12
Key Verse: “Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place” (Jeremiah 22:3).
The morals of the leadership of a nation determine the direction in which the nation is headed. In a corrupt nation, there are few who would rise to the defence of poor widows, orphans and foreigners. If the king will not come to their defence, then the nation is morally doomed. The rulers of Judah remained corrupt and thus reaped the punishment from the Lord. Though the heathen nations remained attached to their national gods, Israel became a laughing stock as a nation that forsook and broke the covenant between her and God.
The Lord declared that those who were taken into captivity would die there because Judah had at this time become a land of oppressors. The high and mighty were preying on the less-privileged and God hates oppression. In many societies, oppression has become the order of the day. The rich appropriate the common wealth to themselves. Poverty and deprivation have become the lot of many people and those who oppress them do not blink an eye. They celebrate when the poor is in pain. This is wickedness in the sight of God and those who thread this path shall never be guiltless.
It is no wonder that many people have turned to religion as the only way out of their predicament. But then, mere reliance on religion without the knowledge of the true God is, in itself, vain. In times of hopelessness, affliction and deprivation, believers must look up to God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. As follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, we should offer hope to the despondent world through gospel-preaching. We must urgently reveal God’s love to all around us; declaring that God is the Father of the fatherless, the Comforter of the widow, the Succourer of the deprived and the Provider for the needy.
Thought for the day: God is more than sufficient for every situation.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.