Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Just like Esther

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more that all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? – Esther 4:13-14.

As followers of Christ and as the people who identify with his Church as well as the sovereign plan of God for the world we live in, we need to understand that wherever or whatever position we may find ourselves, we all have a role to play in this plan. It is quite tempting and perhaps easy to become detached from the reality of the ongoing spiritual being waged around us daily. One just like Esther can easily become tempted to hide away behind the walls of security, peace, comfort and safety which the palace afforded her. Esther was almost tempted to ignore the plight of her people in the hands of Haman, the enemy of God’s people. She even had a good reason or excuse to do so until her uncle Mordecai reminded her that she had a role to play and her being in the palace was for a purpose.

And just like Esther, we too might also need to be reminded that we do have a role to play in order in order to help those who are currently in line of fire , especially the persecuted Church. We need to understand that although we are far from the frontline, safe and secure, free and perhaps  comfortable wherever we might be, we must be careful nevertheless to understand that we are part of God’s sovereign plan for the redemption of creation through Christ. As such we have a role to play . We need to understand that we have been spared and comforted so that we too can reach out to comfort those in distress with the very comfort, safety, security, blessings, riches and whatever else we have been blessed with.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may also be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

We must understand that looking away is never an option, we have not been spared in order to look away and become insensitive to the plight of those in distress. As diligent followers of Christ, helping to carry the burdens of those in distress in whatever capacity we have been blessed and equipped by Christ remains one of our duties to perform and keep doing till Christ comes.