Topic: Is There Not A Cause? [1st October 2018 Daily Devotional]
Beloved, every time I read this scripture, I feel refreshed and recharged, more especially at this time of fasting. I know some people are finding it hard to fast. While I agree that this is not easy, I’m also convinced that there should be a greater purpose that far outweighs the pain and discomfort of hunger; if you are going to get all that God has purposed for you in this period. I’ve said this severally and it bears repetition, no one is an expert in fasting; everyone feels the pain of the process.
However, the overriding question is, “What is your cause? Our scripture for today says “for this cause we faint not …” What is your driving force? Do you have any convictions or persuasions? Is there anything worth denying yourself that plate of food?” Or on the other hand, are you simply going through the motions, and doing it, just because everyone is fasting?
When the brothers of David rebuked him in 1 Samuel 17:29 for being at the battleground whilst Goliath challenged the army of Israel to battle, he responded by saying, “…..What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” Hannah, the mother of Samuel the Prophet of God, came to a point in her life when the “worthy portions” that Elkannah her husband always gave her, did not matter anymore and she put them aside, because she desired an answer from God, that would stop Peninnah’s provocation. Child of God, there is a cause!
Like Apostle Paul, I’ve come to challenge you to ignore the pains and the feelings of hunger that ever so subtly, rumble away in your stomach. Now you ask, “Why Brother Mike?” Because like Paul says, “though your outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day”.
Further Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Isaiah 11-13; Evening- Ephesians 4
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.