Memorise: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth: Psalm 121:1&2
Devotional Reading: 1 Kings 19; 1-18
The journey of life is full of hills and valleys, good times and bad times, times of Joy and moment’s of sadness “you take the rough with the smooth as they say”. Job had a taste of it, likewise, many today are passing through their various experiences of life,
Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ did not leave us in the dark about the challenges we will face in the journey of life, and our source of help. He told us in John 16:33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Based on human experience, life is generally believed to be hard, laborious, burdensome, and full of sorrow. My only brother suddenly passed away last week at a very young age, that was a moment of sorrow for me, but like David, i encouraged myself in the LORD, this is the reality of life. A combination of several factors may be responsible for the dilemma faced by human beings. First among these factors is recorded in Revelation 12:12: “…Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath….” And 1st Peter 5:8 followed up by saying “….your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Furthermore, Genesis 3:17 says,“… Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” The implication of these passages on unregenerated human beings is so great that Job 14:1 had to say, “….Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” But believers have divine help and encouragement in God, all we need do, is look unto the hills from whence cometh our help.
When a higher responsibility such as marriage, parenthood, civil or spiritual leadership is added to the ordinary troubles of life, the result is better imagined than experienced. For the above reasons, every human being needs divine help and encouragement daily. In the Name that is above all other names, beginning from today, you will receive divine help and encouragement to carry on and be successful in life in Jesus name.
Several passages of the Bible affirmed God’s timely help and encouragement for His children. Moses, Joshua, Abraham, David, kings and prophets in Israel, our fathers and mothers of faith were not abandoned at critical moments in their lives. God was always there to give the required help and encouragement when it mattered most.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
However, Bible records show that we have a responsibility to carry out in order to merit God’s encouragement. You must first be born again and make meditation on the Word of God a habit (Joshua 1:8-9). Then you must invite the Holy Spirit who is the counsellor and comforter into your life. Thereafter, you will begin to experience God’s encouragement.Isaiah 40:30-31, says that God’s encouragement brings renewed strength and an ability to do exploit.This is my secret as a Senior Pastor, Father and Businessman. I have enjoyed tremendous help, support and encouragement from the Almighty God always, even now in this trying time of my life, It is only by His help and encouragement that any one can succeed.
I pray for you that divine help and encouragement will not cease to flow into your life in Jesus name. Amen.
Prayer point: My LORD and my God, please send divine help my way in Jesus name.
Key Dose: Behold, He that keep you does not sleep nor slumber.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)