Monday 1, December 2014
Bible Passage: Psalm 100
Memory Verse: "It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp." Psalm 92:1-3 NIV
Every time we approach the end of a year, we always have the tendency to look back and appraise our lives and consider how far we have come. Many times we focus on the negative; what we have not achieved; the mountains we could not climb; our failures, inadequacies and shortcomings. In the process, we forget to recount those things that the Lord did for us, the many dangers and perils from which He delivered us. The numerous journey mercies, the near misses! Some went through difficult periods and great challenges. What about breakthroughs, elevations and promotions, healings (of ourselves and our families)?
Just like the Yorubas usually say: Eniti o ba mo inu ro, a mo ope da. Simply put, 'the one who is able to reflect deep enough will appreciate the extent of gratitude he owes'.
Indeed we owe a depth of gratitude to our God and Father. In that this has been a particularly difficult year, locally and globally. But the Lord delivered you and I from them all. Let's take a small sample; the Ebola disease which is ravaging in West Africa and how the Lord stopped its spread in Nigeria. What about the daily terrorist acts of Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in parts of the Middle East. The economic difficulties and health scare some went through; the tragedies that seemed to want to overwhelm us, the political brouhaha in Nigeria that gives many of us sleepless nights as to what the future holds for Nigeria in 2015 and so on and so forth? Seeing how our God saw us through and His promises for the future, we need to give great thanks to Him. We need to make a joyful noise to the Lord. As the psalmist says in Psalm 100, our God is good, His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.
The numerous challenges facing you, our nation and the world today look so daunting that, if care is not taken, we may lose our sensibilities and in the process give way to despondency. This is what the enemy wants us to do so that we may lose focus and forget to give thanks for 'small mercies'. Are they indeed small mercies? No they are great and we need to recognise them and show our gratitude, so that our God will deliver us from those seeming big mountains confronting us in the near future.
Therefore, as we enter the Yuletide season, let us approach it with a heart of gratitude to our God and Father, with the hope and expectation that He will make all things well for us in the coming year; a year that has been predicted to bring serious problems to our nation in particular and the world in general. But our God is on high, sitting on His throne, He will make the doomsayers liars and cause us to triumph in Jesus name. Amen.
I wish you a Merry Christmas in advance. Have a joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that the import and impact of His coming will not be lost in our lives. Amen
The Lord bless and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore, Amen. Have a really splendid month in Jesus name.
1. The psalmist says: 'enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.' In all the perils, turmoil and turbulence that characterised the years, the Lord saved you and saw you through. Therefore appreciate Him from the depth of your heart. He is worthy to be praised, honoured and magnified.
2. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come
before him with joyful songs. He brought you to see the last month of the year 2014. Express your gratitude to Him.
3. All this month sing songs of praise in thanksgiving to our God. Let thanksgiving and praise be more than your requests. He will see you to the New Year 2015 in Jesus name.
President, Grace Leadership Foundation