Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, February 16, 2020

Theme: PRAYING AND WAITING ON THE LORD ALWAYS

Text: “And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” –   Isaiah 30:18.

Comment: Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour who himself did the work of God patiently till the end and is today robed in majesty in heaven, forewarned us that it is the person who endures in God’s service till the end that will be saved, as it is written: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24: 12, 13) He again exhorted us saying: “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19) This means that we should continue trusting in Him and doing His will while we wait. 

 

The Bible shows that God sometimes permits the devil to visit us with afflictions or adversity in order to purify our faith and lives, as gold is refined by fire. (Job 23:10-12; 1 Peter 1:6,7) Such trials deepen the person’s faith and broaden one’s experience so that one can teach and exhort others. St. Paul exhorts us thus, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might, receive the promise. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” – Hebrews 10:35,36,38,39.

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