Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, September 22, 2022



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 4:1-3.

Comment: One who reflects on the miseries people are going through because of the greed and selfishness of others will certainly appreciate the words of King Solomon in the text under reference.


The devil also moves those in control of the levers of power in the society to make laws and to set up institutions that support and dignify ungodly practices. The common people do not have the power to check the corruption, injustice and oppressive acts by those who govern them. The situation could be so frustrating that King Solomon says those who had not been born are even better off! For people on earth who labour and are heavy laden because of these oppressions, the word of God is preached to them to comfort them. David says “…thou LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me”. (Psalm 86:17)


God says: “I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass…The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth…” – Isaiah 51: 12,14,13.