Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, May 17, 2020

Theme: AVOIDING AND OVERCOMING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS

Text: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” Hence we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5, 6, Revised Standard Version.

Comment: Money has become the tool which the devil uses to lure people from God and into sin. We should however not compromise our faith because of money issues. This calls for knowledge, faith, understanding and contentment. Some who already have are afraid of the future, they feel that economic changes that are coming could drag them into poverty. A number of studies provide evidence that rates of depression are rising throughout the world, not least because of the hardships associated with poverty which seem to contribute to the development of some anxiety disorders and depression, besides the political and social violence, and cultural disruptions in the world.  Symptoms of depression may include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, as well as complaints of physical pain and changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and energy level. People with major depression may feel that nothing brings pleasure and that life is so dreary and unhappy that it is better to be dead. People should know that sorrow and travail came on the human race as a result of sin.  It is only God Almighty through Jesus Christ Who will end the injustice, oppression and dishonesty on the earth.  We should look to Christ the Author and Finisher of our faith, who has overcome the world and opened the door to true freedom and peace for mankind by God’s grace.  – Hebrews 12:1,2; John 3:14-16; 8:31,32; John 16:33