Dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Numbers 24:5, “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel! Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters”. The Lord blessed the people of Israel saying these words through Prophet Balaam.
The book of Psalms 16:8 says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken”. You might face very difficult situations in life. Amidst all odds, do not forget that when the Lord is by your side, no one can be against you. The bible tells of the story of Queen Esther.
Esther was a Jew. She married the king of Persia. Haman was one of the important persons in the kingdom. He ordered that everyone should bow down to him while he passed by. Nut Mordecai (uncle of Esther) did not do so. In angry and fury, Haman started to plot a day for all the Jews to be killed. When this news reached Mordecai, he informed Esther. She waited upon the Lord and told Mordecai to tell all her people to fast and pray for three days and that the Lord would perform a miracle. Mordecai did as said. Queen Esther risked her life and took many steps to set her people free from the plot of Haman. When God heard the prayers, He turned the situation up-side-down. In the meanwhile, Haman built a gallows for Mordecai to be hung. One of the king’s attendants told the king of the gallows that Haman had built. The king was furious with Haman and ordered that he be hanged on that gallows. Haman’s pride and cruelty had led to his own destruction.
Similarly, there might be people who are plotting evil against you and is waiting to push you down into their nets, so that they may see your downfall and rejoice. But when you look up to the Lord of Zion (heaven) and pray, He will turn the situation in favor of you for those who plotted evil against you will be caught in their own nets. The Lord is near to those who call upon Him in truth.
My dearly beloved, whenever you face a difficult situation in life, do not give up. Trust in the Lord. Wait upon Him in prayer and ask the Lord for His guidance. The Lord will be your shield in times of trouble and will deliver you.
God bless you.
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank and praise You for this blessed day. Lord, you know that there are many people who plot against Your children. I pray that You may be with them as a shield and protect them from all harm. For Your word says ‘I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken’. Father, may You protect all those who call unto You for help. May You be with them and guide them in the way they should go. In Jesus name we pray,