I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has kept for you today is from the book of Isaiah 35:10, “And those the Lord has rescued, will return. They will enter Zion, with singing; everlasting joy will be on their head. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. ”
From the above context we learn that the children of God will return from their Captivity in Babylon. And they will enter Zion, with singing and rejoicing, Everlasting joy will be on their head, they will be filled with joy and gladness since they had been set free, and all their sighing and sorrow will flee away. The good news is that the God of Jacob does not abandon God’s people to their despair. Their sorrow will come to an end, and on a day when the sick body will find new life in God: Silent tongues will be loosened to sing songs of joy and freedom. Formerly feeble knees will walk themselves to Zion. Fearful hearts will look to the future with faith, hope and courage, while sorrow and sighing will be on the run.
What does the Lord expect from you to attain everlasting joy? Firstly if a person wants to attain eternal joy he must have union and fellowship with his church. God is very particular about our spiritual fellowship with God, through the relationship we have with our fellow believers in the church, which we go to. You must be known by the pastor who is the head of the church. You need to have active participation in other church activities. Some will just come to the church, attend service, give their offerings on Sunday and that is the end of their fellowship. This is a wrong attitude of a child of God. God is watching your attitude and your participation in the church. If not very big, at least in little things, you need to stretch out your contribution.
We read about Hannah in the Bible. She was tormented by her husband Elkanah’s first wife Peninnah, who kept nagging at her and rebuking her and wounding her with words, and criticising her and hurting her in such a way that caused Hannah to cry all the more. She wouldn’t eat for many days, because of her ill treatment she endured in the hands of Peninnah. She felt rather ashamed of herself for not being able to conceive and bring forth a child. She was childless. And this led her to frustration. But she did one good thing. She went in search of God. She did not lose her hope. She went to the temple of God and began to pour out her heart. She sat in the temple weeping. Being grief stricken she could not, utter words but her lips were mumbling with shivering. Eli the priest in the temple, who watched her odd behaviour, asked her if she had drunk wine.
Hannah replied saying, “Not so, my lord,” “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”She said, “May your servant find favour in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Since Hannah went in search of God in the temple, God heard her prayer. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
God gave her heart’s desire. Hannah’s rival, Peninnah could not further ridicule her or rebuke her anymore. God took away her shame and gave her joy and gladness. Where do you go when problems crop your way. Do you go in search of God like Hannah or do you go in search of soothsayers, fortune teller, or one who performs black magic, and sorcery. Think well for yourselves. Choose to go to God in prayer rather than go after, crystal gazer, or those who do witchcraft. Never ruin your life by taking wrong methods to solve your problem. Some for silly reason commit suicide. This is also wrong attitude. Let Hannah be your role model. The Bible says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. The Young lions do lack and suffer hunger, But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. “God Bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Teach us to go in search of God when we are in trouble rather than run after, soothsayers and fortune teller. Help us to interact in church activities. May we give our priority to church and fellowship with godly people. Help us to be like Hannah who sought God and went to the temple and prayed to God. Teach us to pray without ceasing.