October 18, 2021

God knows what is best for you. - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved, 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 given for you today is from the book of Isaiah 60:15, “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, So that no one went through you, I will make you an external excellence. A joy of many generation. ”

Dearly Beloved, God is saying that you have been despised and rejected by all. No one likes you at   your work spot; No one likes you in the place where you do your ministry. Even in the place of your study no one likes you.  Those who see you go away from you. One of the reasons may be because you don’t look beautiful. Or you may not be admirable in the sight of others with regards to your style of dressing.  Or you may be because of your dark complexion, you don’t look so appealing, your poor appearance may be another reason for others to dislike you. Even your simple way of talking without much exaggeration, might cause others to dislike you. You may be frank of speech, but others may not like your frankness. Somehow you have been ignored by all. 

The Bible says, that when Jacob returned to his father’s home in Canaan  from his uncle’s house after 20 years, with his wife and children and all his cattle, servants and all his goods he was rather scared to meet his brother Esau whom he had cheated and got,  not only his birthright but also all the blessings from his father .   Now in order to pacify his brother he sent all his wives and children and cattle and servants and also much gifts to soften his brothers heart towards him. He was left alone by the side of river Jordan. He was all alone, there was no one to comfort or console him.  His wives, his children and even all his servants were on the other side of the river. He was left alone to meet the consequence of his life.  So God in his mercy came down to comfort him as Jacob was struggling by himself, that night. God had already promised to be with him on his way to Canaan. God came and sat near Jacob. Halleluiah! So Jacob held on to God and would not let Him go, until He blessed him.  He wanted God to bless and assure him, that he will be safe and that God’s hand of protection will be with him and his brother will not harm him in anyway. Jacob also sent word to his brother, saying “I have sojourned with Laban and stayed there until now. I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female, servants, and I request my Lord that I might find favour in your sight.”Though he had sent word to his brother through his servants yet he feared that his brother would take revenge and kill him so he was afraid to meet him. Therefore he pleaded God to bless him. He said to the Lord, “Deliver me I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, least he come and attack me and the mother with the children.” And God in the form of man wrestled with him until the breaking of day, until the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint. God blessed Jacob. 

As a result of the blessing of God, the next day his meeting with his brother turned out to be favourable. Esau embraced him and kissed him to express his joy and love for his brother Jacob. Thus we see the reunion of the brothers.  They did not fight or quarrel with each other. They did not hit each other,  rather embraced each other and shared their love for one  another. God changed the mind of Esau towards Jacob and he had not only forgiven but also had forgotten the incident that happened several years ago. Are you left in such a situation, neglected by all your dear ones. Have they deserted you. Are you alone? Struggling to yourself? Never mind, God is in control of your life. Think  it is good for you. Take the situation in a positive attitude,  since you have the mighty God with you. Never fear  He is with you. This is an occasion for you to be with God. Cast all your burden upon God. He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved. Humanly speaking it is a painful thing to be rejected and left alone. Paul told  God three times, to remove the thorn from his body,  but God did not say he will take away the thorn instead he said, “My grace is sufficient for you. For My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” God knows what is best for you. God Bless you.

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we  thank   You   for  this  blessed day. Dear Lord,   we thank you for being with Jacob in his  journey back to his father’s house.  Lord we  thank you for changing the mind set of Esau towards his brother Jacob. Thank   You Father for helping them to reunite  amicably. May we not take revenge against those who do evil  to us. Give us the spirit of  forgiveness. Let there be joy and happiness in our families. 

In Jesus  Name We Pray.

Amen. 

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