DON’T IGNORE GOD WHEN YOU’RE TROUBLED

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Bible Verse : The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9

Thought of The Day : God who defends the oppressed will also shield the vulnerable.

LISTEN : God is good and faithful. He is our help in times of trouble. When we trust Him irrespective of any situations He will deliver us. The Bible says,

God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea,

Proverbs 46:1,2 (NET).

Friend, run to God! Running to God in times of trouble is running into safety, as running away from Him is running into trouble. Lots of people depend so much on their strength and abilities and depend less on God. To some, God is not important because they believe they can handle everything on their own. My dear, it is dangerous and catastrophic to do without God. Hear this story : A boy was fighting with his older brother, not too far from where their father was standing. And having realised that he was no match to his older brother, he picked up a stick and hit his older brother and attempted to escape. But not too long his older brother caught up with him and beat him up. Surprisingly, their father shouted at the younger one instead of scolding the older one and said, “Where were you running to, boy? I was here to save you but you ran passed me and continue to run aimlessly. Can you see the consequences of ignoring me?” Sadly, this is exactly how most people behave. They feel they can handle everything by themselves. They abandon God even in times of trouble. They run to places they can’t find refuge. Beloved, is your life characterised by the said lifestyle? Do you think you can do without God? Why do you chose to suffer in the hands of the devil when you can run to God for help? God should be your protector and not the other way round. David said,

“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”

Psalms 9:9

My dear, like David, determine to run to God in times of trouble. God who defends the oppressed will also shield the vulnerable. Henceforth, don’t ignore God when you’re in trouble. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. No matter the circumstance in your life, run to God with your troubles and be saved.
2. No matter the situation, don’t lose hope. Instead, always believe that God will help you.
3. Be strong and courageous and determine to win every battle against your life.
4. Be thankful to God for His intervention in moments of trouble.

Prayer : Dear LORD! I thank you because you are my hiding place. Keep me from evil. In Jesus’ name, amen!

A Word Of Blessing : Today I decree on your life. You’re delivered from oppressions and satanic manipulations. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : Running to God is running into safety, as running away from Him is running into destruction.

Quote : “God knows the oppressed and their oppressors. He will save the oppressed who acknowledges Him as a refuge and defender of the defenseless.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Enoch lived a total of 365 years?

Stunning Fact : Did you know turtles have an incredibly long life span? The oldest ever recorded, named Tu”i Malila, of Tonga Island, passed away at the grand old age of 188.

Bible Quiz : What did God do to keep Adam and Eve from returning to the garden of Eden?

God bless you!

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