MONDAY DAY 8
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 26:3-4
You are welcome to today’s devotional. Yesterday we reflected on the ability of the shepherd to supply the needs of his flock. The shepherd prepares a table before his sheep. This is wonderful, but will amount to naught if there, the sheep is not protected while he eats. For it will be very risky to prepare a table for a sheep surrounded by unyielding enemies without adequate protection. How often do some Believers trust God for divine provision, but do not trust him for divine protection? Hear these, the God, who gave children to you, can also keep them safe even when the enemies are around. The God, who provided a job for you, can also secure it for you. The God, who gave you riches, can also grant you divine security for your wealth. The God, who granted you the blessing of marriage, can also sustain it for you. Your foes can do nothing about it. So focus your faith and prayer on your Shepherd, rather than the enemies. For the Shepherd is the refuge and protection of His flock. The Lord is the believer’s Rock of Ages. According to a song writer, “Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.” It is wonderful to know that in the midst of a world in which we are surrounded by many wolves, bears, lions and demonic forces, our precious Shepherd meets our every need, prepares our table with abundance, and stands omnipotent guard over us as we eat and dine. No wonder the Psalmist says, “The LORD protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid. When evil men attack me and try to kill me, they stumble and fall. (Psa. 27:1-2)
One of the greatest problems of believers today, is fear of the enemies. This is the root of reckless search for protection, even when one is sure that there is divine presence. Some believers spend all their prayer time battling the enemies, with little or no time for the appreciation of the LORD’S divine presence. Fear of the enemies’ accounts while believers are going hungry even when sitting on the divine table of abundance. Fear of the enemy has overwhelmed some believers faith in the protective ability and presence of Jesus the Shepherd. When we allow fear of the enemies to dominant our lives, the result is frustration and lack of peace. Little wonder while many have loss the joy and peace of divine presence in their lives. Our great concern should be the presence of the Shepherd. When the Shepherd is around, the sheep has no reason to fear, if only they have faith in the Shepherd. Our greatest fear should be losing the divine presence of our Good Shepherd, rather than the enemies around.
Sin is an awful enemy. Sin kills our consciousness, weakens our will and our resolution to obey the voice and direction of the Shepherd. In fact our spiritual ears are incapacitated to hear from Him. A sin we must be at the watch-out for, is the sin of unbelief, lack of faith and trust in our Shepherd’s ability to protect us against the manipulations and attacks of the enemies. Many lives are perishing because of lack of faith in divine security. Many more have gone astray to other places in search of protection, because they have lost confidence in God’s ability to protect them. This is the situation every child of God must dread; and work hard so that it does not happen. Without faith in the Shepherd, no sheep can follow the leading of its Shepherd. We cannot even eat from the table prepared for us in the presence of the enemies, if we lack trust in the Shepherd’s ability to protect us; while we eat. It is only faith that can keep us focus on the table prepared for us, even when the enemies are around. Faithless Christians focus more on the enemies, looking unto Jesus as a second option. Child of God, let your prayers be “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Ps 18:1-3, NIV)
- Thank the Lord for today’s reflection
- Pray for divine security for yourself and family
- It is written, “He disappointed the devices of the wicked so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise” (Job 5:12). Everlasting Father, please frustrate all conspiracies and evil schemes directed against me in the name of Jesus.
- Most High God, my life is in your hand, please be my Defense (Psalm 7:10, Job 22:25). Protect me when I go out, when I come in, and all the days of my life in the name of Jesus.
- Pray with Psalm 91( meditatively)
Exercise: Take the Divine Mercy Prayer at least once today.
Memory Verse: Psalm 125:1