Memorize: Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place” Jeremiah 22:3
Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 22:1-12
The morals of the leadership of a nation determine the direction in which the nation is headed. In a corrupt nation, there are few who would rise to the defence of poor widows, orphans and foreigners. If the king will not come to their defence, then the nation is morally doomed. The rulers of Judah remained corrupt and thus reaped the punishment from the Lord. Though the heathen nations remained attached to their national gods, Israel became a laughing stock as a nation that forsook and broke the covenant between her and God.
The Lord declared that those who were taken into captivity would die there because Judah had at this time become a land of oppressors. The high and mighty were preying on the less-privileged and God hates oppression. In many societies in our world today, oppression has become the order of the day. The rich appropriate the common wealth to themselves. They have become selfish and high minded, the pain and sufferings of the poor has become nothing to them. Poverty and deprivation have become the lot of many people and those who oppress them do not blink an eye. This is wickedness in the sight of God and those who thread this path shall never be guiltless before God.
It is no wonder that many people have turned to religion as the only way out of their predicament. But then, mere reliance on religion without the knowledge of the true God is, in itself, vain. In times of hopelessness, affliction and deprivation.
Believers must look up to God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. As followers of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, we should offer hope to the despondent through gospel-preaching. We must urgently reveal God’s love to all around us; declaring that God is the Father of the fatherless, the Comforter of the widow, the Succourer of the deprived and the Provider for the needy. The world needs to know that God cares about their dispositions.
Are you a blessing? Seek vigorously to be a blessing in a world that is filled with iniquity and transgression.
My prayer for you is that on the last day you will not be a cast away because you didn’t attend to the need of people around you.
If you have started, i want to encourage you to do more and if you are yet to start, the word of God is coming to you again the second time this year; “Be A Channel of Blessing” One of the greatest secret of all time i discovered in the bible and our world is A GIVER never lack. Solomon gave and he never know lack. May the Lord bless you and make you a blessing in Jesus name. Arise today!
Prayer point: Creator of Universe, make my life a channel of blessing today in Jesus name.
Key Dose: God gave his only son
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)