20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 1, Jeremiah 25:17-33, Hymn: Sing hymn
There are general blessings and also personal blessings. I have observed
that anytime David wanted to discuss something that was very important
to him, he normally personalised it. For instance, in Psalm 23:1, he says,
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
He did not say, “The Lord is our shepherd.” He was simply saying, “I can
only speak for myself; I don’t know about you.” I pray that you will
experience God as the Good Shepherd, so that you can testify personally
and not just by sharing other people’s experiences. A shepherd is a
person who looks after sheep. One thing you will observe about sheep is
that they are very defenceless against predators. They cannot bite, they
have no claws, and they cannot run fast; their only defence is the
You will agree with me that it is a very frightening thing to be
defenceless in a hostile world. It is indeed a horrible feeling to be
completely hopeless. When a man is sick, he runs to the doctor hoping to
be healed, but when the doctor tries his best and says there is nothing
else he can do, the sick becomes hopeless. When a man has serious
financial problems, he runs to his bank expecting a bail-out, but what
will he do when the bank insists on using assets he doesn’t have as
collateral? In the same way, when a child is sick, he looks up to his
parents for help and care, but how will the child feel if his parents
tell him that the forces battling against him are beyond their
capability? Worst still, imagine how you will feel if your pastor tells
you that after praying all manner of prayers, there is nothing more he
can do to help you! It is a terrible thing to feel lonely or forsaken by
relatives and loved ones. A man who once experienced such a situation
used these words to express his feelings in Psalm 102:6-7:
“6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. 7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.”
Have you been in such a situation? Do you feel exposed, naked and prone
to shame? Are you facing the worst of times with no one to defend you?
Has everyone you thought could help deserted you and now you think life
is worthless? I bring you good news today! There is hope for the
hopeless and cover for the naked. God is so very close to you, and He
will reach out and touch you today. The Lord will make a way for you!
Call on Him and tell Him you have no one to help you but Him. Ask Him to
help you now. He will answer and turn your situation around for good.
Key Point: When everything else has failed, never give up your hope for a better life; although it may take time, help will surely come.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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