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April 12TH  


Rev. E. Anderson


Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘suffering’. If there is one thing that history and present day living teaches us, it is this: we live in a world of suffering. It raises itself continually. Individuals, families, societies and nations have to tread it is pathway. Lots of people in each generation had wrestled with it and found it difficult to answer. The Bible reveals in the life of the saints and even God  himself has had to contend with it. However, it is not without sense or purpose and does have a role to fulfil.


Most, if not all, the prophets knew what it was to experience grief and sorrow as they ministered on behalf of Jehovah. Certainly, the Major Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel knew what it was to pass through intense trials and tribulations. Jeremiah was inspired to add the book of Lamentations to his prophecies. He knew what it was endure great pain and grief as he spoke to a rebellious people.


He saw the results of his preaching in the destruction of Jerusalem, seeing the people murdered and then made slaves and taken to Babylon. He was subjected to great persecution and his life was always in mortal danger. How the Lord miraculously preserved him amidst such treacherous times. It was not an easy option fulfilling a preaching role in his day! His life always seems to be on the line! One wonders how many would enter the ministry today under such conditions!


It would seem that there is really a cost to be paid in serving the Lord in terms of ministry. The New Testament preachers did not have an easy task but were committed and ready to face everyone and anything for the Lord. They confronted abuse, imprisonment, floggings, and martyrdom gladly and saw the cause of Christ enhanced and advanced. May there be the willingness as Paul says: “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for hius sake”  – Phi 1: 29






The call of God upon your life and ministry is of primary importance. To be chosen and anointed of Him is a sacred factor that must be treated with appreciation and utter commitment. In your full-blooded response will be usefulness, success and blessedness. Such will make your life, relationships and service fruitful and fulfilled. Ultimately you will receive His “Well Done” and that will mean everything!


Delay in knowing what you ought to do and not doing immediately can mean that it is not done at all and the loss can be great. So always seek to perform at an instant what is called for. By it you will have peace, pleasure and set a good example to others.


Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino


AN AWFUL FAILURE – Isaiah 42:10-25

The latter part of the chapter shows up the awful failure of God’s people and as a result they had missed out on all that He wanted to accomplish in and through them. He charges them in v18 with deafness and blindness, the failure both to hear and see and take note of what He was saying and seeking to show them. There had been a terrible let down on their part to let Him inspire and direct their lives and future in the best possible way so that the greatest returns would be known. What better than to have His glorious Law governing their faith and conduct! – v21

He wanted to show to all the other nations what it meant to live under His sovereign grace and rule and so switch them on to Himself. But Israel failed. She finished up judged instead of blessed of the Lord. They were a people that had been robbed and are now enslaved, imprisoned and trapped and utterly exposed to all their enemies. The Lord cries out for at least someone to act in accord with His will – v23 “Will not even one of you apply these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you?” If only one person would give a lead? The Lord appears to look in vain.

The challenge is still on to be intimate with the Lord and to have ears, eyes and heart open to Him and to be ready to positively respond to His behests in love, faith and obedience. It is imperative that every Christian be spiritually sensitive to Him and renders a commitment that is unquestionable. He wills to bless His people in these days but that is not possible if they are doing their own thing and conforming to the world’s ideas and ways. Be sure your faith and conduct agrees with His will.






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