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 54:11, 12, “O you afflicted one, Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colourful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.”
From the above context we learn that God is our refuge especially to those who are being oppressed. Just as a demolished city lashed by storms needs to be rebuilt God will help you to rebuild your oppressed state of life with precious stones of rubies. God will not only help you to rebuild but also comfort Zion. What is the Lord going to do for you during the period of oppression? He is about to do great many things for you. Firstly He will send his word and comfort you. Secondly, by the power of His word He will give you refuge in your period of affliction. The Bible says, “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. God says, He Himself will be a Shield, and Shelter, to the oppressed and to those who have been rejected. For the Lord will not only give them refuge, but also help and support them during the time of oppression. The Bible says, “God is our refuge, and strength. A very present help in trouble.”
Are you going through a trying period, of your life. May be you are inflicted because of serious disease or because of loneliness, or have you been dejected because of rejection, and being despised by your dear ones? Are you trapped, due to huge debts, and you are not able to be relieved from it. May be you are frustrated because of shame and humiliation in your life. You are unable to face your friends and relatives. All these oppression causes you to panic and you are gripped in fear and threat. Are the neighbours causing oppression to you? Are you facing oppression at your work spot? Is someone causing trouble in your ministry? Are people speaking bad about you and your ministry? Well, My God says, when you go through oppression, “I will be a refuge to you. “You are reading this message hoping that God will show you a ray of hope in your life. The Lord will send His powerful word and comfort and console you. He will protect you from your evil neighbours and from your enemies. All their weapons aimed at you will not prosper because God will be a wall of fire around you. He will deliver you from the hands of all the wicked and cruel people who do all things to curb you from your wellbeing.
When people go through oppression, they go far away from all the comforts which they had enjoyed previously in their life, and they are apparently forsaken by God. But God who seems, to have forgotten them says, Behold, I will lay your stones. ‘For Jerusalem shall be rebuilt up with sapphires, and emeralds, and precious stones; and of pure gold. And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl, and stones of Ophir. Just as God desires to decorate the temple of God in Jerusalem by rebuilding it with precious stones, in a similar way the Lord will brighten up your days with beauty, magnificence, purity, strength, and solidity. God will not only help you to prosper, but He will help you to lie down in peace, once you have passed through the period of oppression.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank You God for being our refuge and helper in times of oppression. Thank You Lord for telling us the reason why You allow affliction in our life. Help us to remember You and return back to You. Give us the strength to bear our trials and affliction when we are compelled to go through such oppression. Lord be our strength and shield. Help us to come out of it quickly and be relieved.