Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

An ever present help in times of trouble

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Sometimes the travails and struggles of life brings us to that familiar place where we are tempted to give in to that whisper saying to us that we have been cut adrift like a ship lost in the sea. We get to that place in our relationship with God, when it appears as if he is nowhere to be found and he has other businesses to attend to but ours. Also at moments like this it would appear as if all our efforts and attempts to reach out to him through supplications and prayers always ends in futility, thus further enforcing the belief he has left us to our fate.

While it is true that we do experience this moment, what is not true is the notion that we have been abandoned by the one who revealed himself to us as Immanuel- God with us. The notion that God has abandoned his own to their own fate is one of the wicked plans of the enemy of our soul to bring discouragement and weariness to our soul. This is one of the ways by which the enemy afflicts the weary as they battle through the challenges of life, the aim being to defeat them and bring them to their knees.

The scripture told us the story of Haggai the maid of Sarah, Abraham's wife. who went through a similar situation after fleeing from home as a result of the ill treatment she was getting from her mistress. Tired, frustrated and, overwhelmed by her travails, she gave in to this wrong belief that God no longer cares about her, but it was during her ordeal that she discovered an important attribute of God and as a result ascribed the name ..'the God who sees'  to God. And in the passage for today we see Job even though he found himself in  a more dire situation, yet has refused to forsake his integrity about the person of God.

The truth is, the righteous has an ever present ally in the One who revealed himself by the name Immanuel, one who in his faithfulness swore to them saying,  I will never leave you nor forsake you. This was one of the truths which Job held on to, refusing to let it go. It was one of the truths about God that saw him through his ordeal.

Just like Job, the righteous is expected to go through life armed with the mindset and assured confidence, one which says, i have trusted in the God who sees, the God who knows and the God who orders every step that i take and He is in control of whatever the situation might be. Because of this, i will not die nor will my hopes and dreams be snuffed out until i have experienced the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.