Scripture Reading: I Kings 17:1-24
The world we live is full of events. Some of them are to our advantage while others are perceived to be disadvantageous. However, God’s eyes are on all these events – good or bad. No wonder St. Paul says, “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His order and purpose” (Romans 8:28). Do you know, beloved in Christ, that even when we are asleep God arranges things for our own good? He works our ugly situations likely to disturb our peace and make them beautiful. He works in our situation to remove whatever would have resulted in shame and disgrace for us. God is unimaginably loving and compassionate.
During the reign of Ahab, Elijah, the Prophet declared famine on the land for three years. As the famine progressed, the Lord told Elijah, “Leave this place and go east and hide yourself near the brook of Cherith, east of Judah. The brook will supply you water to drink and I have commanded the ravens to bring food to you there” (Verses 3-4). When the brook was dried up, God made another arrangement through a widow; just to ensure that Elijah was provided and cared for. What an awesome, compassionate and loving God we serve? Even Elijah’s contact with this heathen widow brought blessing for her. Her jar of oil never ran dry and her flour never exhausted. As a child of God, you carry unimaginable anointing that whatsoever you come in contact with automatically becomes blessed. Wherever you step in, your feet bring in peace and joy. This is your inheritance in Christ Jesus. All these are divinely arranged by God for His people. He seeks no one’s permission to do what He wants to do. He does whatever appeals to Him and which glorifies His powerful name.
Beloved, all through history of God dealings with mankind up until date, He continually makes adequate provisions for His own, even unknown to them. Even when they sin against His love, He still makes provisions for them. What a God? No wonder the song writer praised Him in these words, “Thou are worthy, thou art worthy O Lord….” Hear St. Paul, “Glory to God who shows his power in us and can do much more than we could ask or imagine; glory to Him in the Church, and in Christ Jesus through all generation forever and ever Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21). At today’s devotional, therefore, the Holy Spirit tells you that God, who is Omnipresent and Omniscience sees beyond your imagination. He knows your end from the beginning and carefully arranges all that happens to you so that His name is glorified. The Scripture says, “For I know what my plans for you are, plans to save you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and give you hope.” (Jer.29:11). Unfortunately, some Christians feel frustrated when certain things happen in their lives. This is as a result of ignorance and unbelief in the person of the God we serve. He says, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I myself will give the thirsty to drink without cost from the fountain of living water.” Dear friend in Christ, note today that God uses our perceived sad situations or events to prepare us for the oncoming events and or answers to our prayers. The Holy Spirit says to you that whatever happens to a child of God, His mark is on it and for a divine purpose. Job, lamenting his situation said, “He threw me down in the mud; and I am no better than dirt.” (Job 30:19). But little did Job know that God was perfectly in control. So dear User of Daily Strength, take note today that God of heaven is perfectly in control and in-charge of whatever you are going through NOW.
- Take a worship song as you are led.
- Thank God for being God in your life.
- Take this prayer, “O Lord I thank you most sincerely, because there is nothing that has ever happened to me good or bad that you do not know about. I know that nothing happens on this earth without your knowledge.
- Ask for the grace to look away from your present and seeming setback.
- Pray meditatively with Psalm 3:4-9.
Exercise: Take the prayer of Self Surrender to God.
Memory Verse: Psalm 24:1