Scripture Reading: Genesis 30:22-23
God has taken away my reproach, Amen. Reproach is a condition of shame or disgrace, a limitation to happiness, a cause for worry and tears, etc. According to our scripture reading today, barrenness which was the public reproach (shame) of Rachel was taken away from her by the Lord. God remembered her and answered her prayers, which she offered for so many years. But before now, all she knew was shame and mockery from her sister and her community. Even the love of her husband did not console her, because her husband’s love could not take away her barrenness, her fruitlessness, which was her reproach. Why couldn’t the love of her husband make her joyful? A love that fails to make us fruitful is a burden and lacks consolation and joy. Fruitlessness is not a blessing, that is, it is not a grace rather it is a disgrace, and since it is not a grace, we are not proud of it. It docs not honour us, which means, it is shameful. All those who have reproaches arc always in sorrowful state because no amount of words of consolation can make disgrace joyful. The only love that restores joy to those whose conditions are shameful, is the love that can remove the shame from their lives. How shameful can it be for a married woman to be bedwetting? But the Lord says, “I have discovered the source, and I will heal you”
Our present state of shame might not be our making, it might be as a result of one’s former lifestyle, it might be some natural processes, or the making from our past generation, or the evil one. Whatever the origin, one certain truth is that the Lord can take away any kind of reproach, dishonouring state, fruitless aspect of your life, shame in your life and family. These might be in your marriage, education, ministry, Christian life, business, profession, vocation, health, or economy. Refuse to welcome them in your life, reject them in prayer, and work hard (in faithfulness to God) to push them out of your territory. Refuse to be comfortable in your reproaches; ask God to remember you, tell Him to take them away. In Joshua 5:9, “The Lord said to Joshua, Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt….” The Psalmist says in Psalm 44:13-15; “You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and scorn of those around us. You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples. All day long my disgrace is before me. and shame has covered my face.”
In Verse 26 the Psalmist prayed, “Rise up, come to our help. Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.” No matter what has reproached you, God is able and willing to redeem you from your shame and dishonourable situations of your life. In Isaiah 54:1-4, God says, “Sing, O barren one w ho did not bear; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate woman will be more than the children of her that is married, says the Lord. Enlarge the site of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left, and your descendants will possess the nations and w ill settle the desolate tow ns. Do not fear, for you w ill not be ashamed; do not be discouraged, for you w ill not suffer disgrace; for you w ill forget the shame of your youth, and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more.” Beloved hold onto God’s word, it is your hope of joy, it is the foundation of your faith, the aspiration of your prayer, it is the mind of God, it is the unfailing promises of a faithful God, the infallible declaration of the God of all possibilities.
- Are you in any way responsible for your shame and reproach; then ask for forgiveness.
- I reject all forms of fruitlessness in every area of my life in Jesus name. Amen
- Pray, Oh Lord, take away all the reproaches in my life.
- Declare this: In the Name of Jesus I receive God’s favour to be fruitful in my Christian life, in my vocation, in my family, in my economy, in my marriage, in my education, in my ministry, in my community, in every aspect of my life-Amen. (Take seriously).
- Pray with Psalm 44.
- Thank God for prayers answered.
Exercise: Always endeavor to withdraw yourself from things that bring disgrace to you.
Memory Verse: Luke 1:25