Sunday, November 22, 2020

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good. Ecclesiastics 7:3

Thought of The Day : To enjoy a better tomorrow, you must embrace and endure the bitterness of today.

LISTEN : The experience of sorrow and pain don’t allow us to see the joy that’s about to be revealed to us. It is difficult to envision joy when the mind is preoccupied with thoughts of sorrow and pains. No doubt, nobody will wish for sorrow or pain, yet, they are often pathways to blessings. Children don’t enjoy discipline, yet, such is what makes them better and useful both to themselves, their families and the society at large.” Of course you know that no child will enjoy to be scolded or punished for whatever reasons. Instead, they enjoy to be allowed to have their own way in everything. But no good parents would allow that, because such will destroy them in the long run. They would rather correct and punish them where necessary, because the rod of correction will bring out the best in them. (Proverbs 22:15). In the same way, when we stray away from God, trouble makes us to have a sober reflection and therefore take the right part. Our verse of the day says, “Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.” (Ecclesiastics 7:3). My dear, no one enjoys sorrow, yet, it is the key to a better life. No expectant mother laughs when she is in labour pain. It is always a time of trouble (sorrow) for her. But her joy lies behind the pain. Yes, it takes pain to give birth to gain. Bitter things are what interpret the real meaning of life. Beloved, whatever trouble you face, stand up to it. Never ask why you should face it, instead find how to face it and you would be glad at the end of it all. It might be bitter though, but it would be better at the end if you quit not. Therefore, to experience a better tomorrow, be determined to endure a bitter today where necessary. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. When trouble comes, do not lose heart, instead, be strong and face it as you trust God.
2. Do not focus on your troubles, rather focus on the lessons you can learn therefrom.
3. When trouble comes, find out why it came and what can be done to overcome it.
4. In every situation learn to have a sober reflection and talk to God about it.

Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name. Today, I acknowledge that challenges are part of life. Therefore, I would not faint, I will be strong and courageous, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank You because all things work together for the good of those who love You. Help me to learn from all situations and be better-off, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : It is well with you. Today I speak on your life, may God strengthen you and grant you victory in every battle of your life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Sorrow pushes the wise to search for a better life. For lasting joy lies behind pain.

Quote : “It takes pain to give birth to gain, for bitter things are what gives real balance to life.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know there is nothing impossible to God? (Matthew 19:26).

Today In History : November 22, 2012 Ceasefire begins between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel after eight days of violence and 150 deaths.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping.

Bible Quiz : How old was Abraham when Sarah bore him Isaac?

God bless you!

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