Topic: A Fixed Gaze on Him [November 4, 2016]
Text: Psalm 49:15-20
Key Verse: "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me" (Psalm 49:15).
Admonitions, encouragement, exhortations are some ways preachers help believers to cope with some challenges that confront them. No doubt, the world in which we live is full of such unpleasant occurrences and each of us has our fair share of such experiences. What separates a winner from a looser in this bumpy road of life is attitude. As we face the reality of oppressions, difficulties and the huge gaps between the rich and the poor, there is often the tendency for some Christians to become depressed and discouraged.
In the earlier verses, the psalmist addresses the rich and reveals their follies especially when they neglect the knowledge and fear of God. The consolation for believers is the realisation that the calamities that befall people without God and knowledge of salvation will not be their experience. No matter the various fearful events happening around us, as long as we belong to God and maintain good standing with Him, there is nothing to fear. This is the crux of the psalmist's submission. He goes further to encourage believers never to allow the prosperity of the rich to cause any fear or distraction since their end is hopeless.
A true believer has a glorious end when his days on earth are over. But until that happens, no untimely death can tamper with the precious souls of true believers. No matter the distractions, allurements or intimidations from the enemies of our souls, we have a God Who watches over us daily. He is a very present help in trouble, the One who never sleeps nor slumbers. Our duty is to be faithful to Him, love and serve Him and put our confidence in Him. He never disappoints as long as we remain faithful to Him. Keep looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith and you will always sail through the storms of life.
Thought for the day: If you keep your eyes on the ball you will never miss the goal.
Bible Reading in one Year: Jeremiah 39-42
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.