Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, August 2, 2020


Text: “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun..”. – Ecclesiastes 4:1-4.  

Comment: In the last days or “perilous times” in which we are now living the troubles of mankind have multiplied in variety and magnitude. Some are persecuted because of their faith, we do lose our loved ones now and then, others lose their positions and/or privileges in work places, at school, etc.

The devil creates various problems to overthrow the faith of believers by making them to feel hopeless and therefore defenceless. He imposes wicked men to be rulers at various levels of society. These ones use the powers given them to react with a heavy hand if those under them complain. To show that God Almighty acts in His time to end these oppressions, He in due time brought about changes that ended the kind of oppressive conditions oppressed people faced. These experiences should teach all believers in the power of the Almighty to turn things round for them in His own time such that the past will be a mere story that is told. We are exhorted through Isaiah, “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.” –  Isaiah 35:3, 4.

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