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DIVINE RESTORATION

Isaiah 51:1-12

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away Isaiah 51: 11                     

The prophet Isaiah in our text today was prophesying about the restoration of Israel. Today that prophecy is for us as believers in Christ. You may have hit rock-bottom, and it seems as though all hopes are lost. Your business may be crumbling, your academics may be shaky, your relationship or marriage may be on the brink of collapse and you feel there is no help coming. I wish to announce to you that restoration is coming your way. Your business will be revived again, your health will be restored again, you will excel in your academics,  and you will experience complete restoration.

Job was at the peak of life when everything began to crumble before his eyes. He went from being the richest to becoming a sick poor man. Despite these, God restored him back to his former state and even much more. God also restored the Israelites back to Zion. He can restore you too. Just ensure that you are purified of sin just like Job. Don’t lose hope, keep believing Him and hold on to Him firmly. Though it may tarry, be patient because restoration will surely come.

Are you at the blink of giving up? Cheer up for restoration is coming your way.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for Your restoration that is available to me in Christ Jesus.

THE END OF THE WICKED

Isaiah 47:1-11, Psalms 37:1-2

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb Psalms 37:2

Sometimes it feels as though evil doers prosper and never get punished for their wrongdoing. They sometimes enjoy the ‘good things of life’ and this makes some people discouraged and tempted to join them in their wicked ways. From our text today, we see that there is a day of reckoning. A day God will judge all evil doers and punish the wicked. No matter how ‘successful’ the wicked may become, it is only temporal, and judgment will surely come if they do not repent. We are encouraged by the Psalmist not to envy the wicked because their end is near. As believers, instead of envying the world and it’s wickedness, we should rather pray that the wicked be converted to Christ.

Are you an evil doer? Do you take pleasure in doing wicked deeds? Now is the time to make amends and return to your Maker. You may say you are not ‘wicked’, but do you indulge in sinful acts? All sins are regarded as wickedness before God. Thus, repent from every sin today in other to avert the wrath of God. Grace is available, that is true, but grace does not permit sin.

Prayer

Lord forgive me in any way I have acted wickedly, purge me, and help me not to be envious of the wicked. Amen. 

THE STIFF-NECKED

 Isaiah 48:1-8

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy Proverbs 29:1

The Israelites were notorious for being stubborn. Time and time again, God had sent prophets to warn them concerning their lifestyle and the impending danger, yet they remain adamant. This led to their captivity on different occasions, it also led to the loss of battles and the death of thousands of Israelites. Today, some of us behave just like the Israelites. We are often reproved, or corrected by authorities, our parents, church leaders, government, and sometimes through God’s word. Yet we sometimes still act as we please. Proverbs 29:1 says, He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. The devil usually makes us stubborn to instructions in a bid to deny us of God’s blessings and in the end destroy us. Numerous examples abound in scriptures of people that were stubborn to instructions. From the Israelites to Samson, to King Saul and other kings. They all ended up in a bad way. Don’t be destroyed before your time because you refused instructions and fell into avoidable dangers. The instructions of the Lord are lifeguards that watch over us to give us safe and sound.

Are you stiff-necked? Do you ignore corrections and reprove? Another warning is coming your way today. Repent today and yield to godly counsel.

Prayer

Dear lord, help me to yield to godly counsel. Amen.

 

GOD WILL REMEMBER YOU

 Isaiah 49:14-16, Malachi 3:16-18

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me Isaiah 49:16

Life can get so rough that we question God’s care and concern for us. When troubles flood our path like never-ending droplets of rain, it is not uncommon for our hearts to second-guess God’s intentions concerning us. The storms can beat consistently that we forget how stillness feels. The children of Israel in captivity caved under the oppression of their captors. They couldn’t see how their situation aligned with God’s goodness. To them, it was either God has stopped caring or He had totally forgotten them. Thank God for His mercies even in times when we doubt His power and plans. He understands our frailties and sends a word of hope in due time. It is rare for nursing mothers to forget their infants. Even if they do, and they sometimes do, God says He won’t forget you. You are inscribed on the palms of His hands. This means it is impossible for Him to forget you.

The task ahead for the Israelites was the rebuilding of the broken walls of Jerusalem. They thought this was impossible considering their present circumstance. First, they had to be delivered from captivity. How could they rebuild the walls of their city with a broken spirit? But God had that covered. He will deliver them and provide for them to rebuild the broken walls. He healed their spirits first with His words of hope and encouragement before promising to sort out their physical problem. God never forgets His own. Your issues are continually before Him. He will heal you from the inside out as you trust in Him. No matter how low you’ve gone under, always remember, “underneath are the everlasting arms.”  You are always remembered!

Prayer

Father, I receive assurance from Your word today that I am not forgotten. Thank you for Your mercies that have strengthened my trust in You.

DELIVERANCE IS SURE

 Isaiah 49:22-26    

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles Psalm 34:17

We are often faced with tough times and difficult situations and it seems as though help is far away. We sometimes question God and His ability to deliver us. Most times we limit God and often feel certain challenges are either too big or small for Him to handle. But God is always ready and able to deliver us. His ability is limitless. He can solve every situation, heal every disease and deliver from every oppression. His love extends to those who are in bondage or passing through a challenge as a result of their actions. No matter who or what the power is that seems to be holding you down, the power of God is mighty to deliver. Sometimes, we are held down by the consequences of our bad choices and actions while at other times, we are just faced with the challenges of life due to no fault of ours. But in all, God can rescue us if we seek His help.

God does not abandon His own, He always shows up to rescue. All we have to do is to cry out in prayers. Call on God and He will answer and deliver you from every challenge you may be facing.  “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth”, are you righteous? Are you a child of God? If you are not, today is another opportunity to become His son/daughter so you can enjoy His deliverance always.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help me to always call on You when I am in distress. Amen.

HINDRANCE TO DELIVERANCE

Isaiah 50:1-3, 59:1-2

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear Isaiah 59: 2

From our previous meditation, we saw that God is ever able and ready to deliver. Today we see that despite God’s readiness and ability to deliver, there can be hindrances to our deliverance. Many times, we wonder why God is not hearing us or answering our prayers. Sin may be what is hindering our season of visitation. Just like the Israelites were defeated in battle because of the sins of Achan, we too may be experiencing defeats in some areas of our lives because of sin. Those things we deem unimportant and insignificant are often obstacles to our blessings. God is a Holy God and does not behold iniquity. It was evident when Christ took upon Himself the sins of the world. He cried to God and God turned His back from Him. If God could turn His back on Christ because of sin, it shows how dreadful sin is.

Thus, we need to get rid of any sin in our lives. Confess and forsake them. Cut off any relationship that does not bring glory to God. Focus on things that edify and give glory to God. God is glorified when you are victorious. To help is a small thing for God, purify yourself and enjoy divine help when you call. 

Prayer

Heavenly father, purify me from any sin that hinders me. Amen.

STEADFAST FOR GOD

 Isaiah 50:5-11

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord 1 Corinthians 15: 58

 

God has called every one of us to serve in one capacity or the other. He has entrusted us with the responsibility to share the gospel to all people. How faithful are you? Do you give up on the slightest discouragement or provocation? Sometimes we rebel against God by disobeying His instructions and disobeying authority. The walk with God is not all rosy as there will be persecutions and trials. However, God is there to strengthen us and deliver us if we don’t give up. Verse 7 of our text says; For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. Help is available is we remain steadfast.

Christ said, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62). When we are not steadfast, we hinder the growth of the kingdom of God. We may even become discouragements to people looking up to us. Trust God and ask Him for grace to perform every task given to you by Him. His grace is sufficient to sustain us through the hurdles.

Are you steadfast in your work with God?

Prayer

Lord, help me to be steadfast in the work You have place in my hands. Amen.

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