Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading –Saturday, January 30, 2021



“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.” – Psalm 113:7-9.


When God Almighty created the woman, Eve and gave her to Adam, He blessed them and said: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth”. (Genesis 1:26-28) It is not the will of God for married couples to remain childless. It is the work of the enemy to destabilise marriage and make it look like a painful venture. A significant number of couples have been praying to The LORD to make “them houses” like the two Egyptian midwives, Shiphrah and Puah. – Exodus 1:15-21.

Many couples that the devil has rendered childless would “clutch at every straw” and visit many doctors to receive all kinds of treatments. To all such ones they should continue to hope in God and draw inspiration from the case of Rachel whose patience paid off in the end. The Bible states: “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach” – Genesis 30:22, 23.

People should continue in prayer and wait patiently on the LORD. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “In your patience possess ye your souls.” Luke 21:19,  Again, he taught us “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. (Luke 18:1)  The Psalmist admonishes us thus, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved”. – Psalm 55:22.


Text:“For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.” – Jeremiah 32:3.

Comment: Because the king and people of Judah had given themselves to the worship of the devil, God Almighty used Jeremiah the prophet to warn them, telling them that if they would not repent, He would make Jerusalem and the temple they took pride in to suffer the fate of Shiloh, where the name of God was in earlier times before it was destroyed and abandoned. (Joshua 18:1; 19:51; 1Kings 14:2.) For warning the people against sin the leaders determined that Jeremiah must die. (Jeremiah 26:1-10) However, some of the elders, together with Ahikam, an officer of the king, intervened to prevent them from their wicked plot.


Again, when the Chaldeans besieged Jerusalem, Jeremiah was instructed by God to tell them to submit to their rule to avoid death and destruction. This was  seen as treason for which the leaders of the people convinced King Zedekiah to cast Jeremiah into.a well. But God also delivered him. When we stand up for the truth, even in the face of danger, God will give us victory in the end. St. Paul in his writings recalled God delivered them “from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).. He added that God Almighty shall deliver him “from every evil work, and will preserve him unto his heavenly kingdom. –  2 Timothy 4:18