16th SEPTEMBER 2020
“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments – Deuteronomy 7:9
As we gradually move pass COVID – 19 pandemic, be rest assured that everything is fine. That you will be fully restored is not in doubt, even though the clouds are still thick and dark in some places and fear of survival continues to loom. Still, I say to you, do not worry, everything will be fine. God is a covenant-keeping God and every child of God rightly believes so. Therefore, God would not break any of His promises to His children. This topic is reoccurring in our daily devotionals in order to make the weak among us to be strong in the face of our struggles for survival due to the negative impact of COVID – 19 Pandemic. God is always alive to His avowed responsibilities to His people, or to humanity in general. First, we become God’s people by following God and doing His commandments. In return, He becomes our God by fulfilling all His promises to us. Therefore, if we obey, God will fulfill His promises to us, and He is unstoppable at that! Aside from directing our footsteps along the paths of lofty spiritual ideals and growth, God does not necessarily turn away from His children or suffer them for too long without fulfilling their needs. Everything we need from our father in heaven is already provided; we only need to ask for it, and then receive it by his power and authority. When God gives, He adds no sorrow to it! Therefore, this is the time to obey Him, and believe more in Him.
I do not believe that when we suffer deprivation or affliction, God willed it in order for us to grow spiritually. Sometimes, that could be the case, but definitely, not the case most of the time. In most cases, what is simply required on the spiritual paths is to listen to God’s revelations for us as we pray. He certainly would want us to do some things which He considers very necessary for the change we desire.
We ought not to suffer deprivation if we are truly alive to God’s promises. If we suffer for too long unabated, then we have to change something about us. For instance, I have seen people, not just Christians, suffer for too long without the basic necessities of life, and when these things eventually come, they come very late in life. What is striking about this situation is the fact that, what you seek from God, other people already have it in abundance. Even those who don’t pray or go to church as you do are not as pressed or pressured for the good things of life like you do. For instance, what do you need? A car, a house, food, or money? Other people have these things already! Even people without jobs have cars dashed to them as gifts. For so many years, some have prayed for the fruits of the womb without success. Yet, others have children more than they can care for. There are even incidents of unwanted pregnancies that people throw away. Then why is yours different, even after praying for so many years? There are so many reasons why our challenges are not solved. Sometimes it is our mindset which goes against the nature of God, and therefore, we suffer in consequence. For instance, most of us believe that the devil is the reason why COVID – 19 struck the world! And that God is presently fighting with the devil to rescue the world from the devil. This is not correct. The plan and purpose of God for the earth is already established. God is king over all His creation and He has no rival at all. Therefore, God is NOT at war with the devil in order to give us a good life. What has happened with COVID – 19 is the will of God for us in Christ JESUS and we must move forward in thanksgiving. With thanksgiving, we are assured of restoration and healing in good time. Therefore, as we restart a normal life, endeavor to live above the fear of the devil, and give thanks to God for the opportunity to embrace a new beginning. Remember, when we live in fear, negative things happen to us. Jesus says to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” ~ Mark 5:36. Jesus made that statement even when it was clear that Jairus’s daughter was dead. This means that fear prevents the power of God from working for us. The Master also tells us not to worry about anything whatsoever. (Luke 12:22-26) The position of Jesus was echoed a long time by God through His prophet Isaiah; thus, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
Now beloved, take a deep breath and when you exhale, RELEASE all your fears today. Do not be afraid of the devil anymore or what the future holds for you. Attune with God alone and confess His promises always to yourself. Believe in His power to manifest His promises. DO NOT LOOK OR THINK ABOUT WHAT THE DEVIL CAN DO OR WHAT YOU IMAGINE THE DEVIL IS DOING TO YOU. That is going to pull you down! FOCUS ONLY ON GOD AND WHAT YOU WANT FROM HIM and hold onto Him.
Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for the revelation of the scriptures. You are my provider and strong tower. Everything I need, I now receive by your name and authority. AMEN.
FURTHER READING: John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 56:3; Joshua 1:9; Matthew 6:34