|Memorise: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Ps 127:1)Read: Mark 4:35-41|
|After the sons of the prophets convinced Elisha to go with them in 2 Kings 6:1-7, they got to the river and began to cut down trees. While doing so, a particular axe head fell into the river Jordan. These students were very worried because it was borrowed. One lesson from this is that the best of plans can go wrong. After putting in place what you may deem a fool-proof plan, and everything suggests a perfect design, something can still go wrong with its implementation.
Psalm 127:1 says, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain”. Whether you believe it or not, sooner or later you would have to face a storm or two. Do not think that because you have given your life to Christ, there would be no more problems. In fact, that is when you would face problems.
Before you gave your life to Christ, you were in the same camp with the devil, and posed no threat to him. But the day you gave your life to Jesus Christ, you escaped from Satan’s camp. And he will surely attempt to have you back. But thank God the One now inside you is greater than the devil. If Jesus is in your boat and you call upon Him when the storm hits, it will never sink (Mk 4:35-41).
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Is 43:2). If you observe carefully, this passage did not say ‘If’ you pass through fire but ‘when’. This means, at some stage in life you would have to go through fire. This world is not a bed of roses but if Jesus is by your side,
He will cause you to emerge as gold from your fire of affliction or trial. This was the experience of the trio in Nebuchadnezzar’s fire (Dan 3:19-30). Are you going through any fire of affliction, persecution or intense difficulty but you are sure Jesus is still in your boat? Be encouraged. You are coming out of that fire. Your latter state shall be greater than how you were before the fire. No fire can burn you. No river can swallow the ship where the Master of the ocean, earth and skies reigns!
|You had a terrific plan on a project or business but something went wrong somewhere. The Lord will help you out as you yield to Him.
By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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