INSPIRING DAILY DEVOTIONAL ® … Endure challenges

Text(s) for today: Gen. 16:1-11; 21:9-20

“…endure hardness , as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Tim. 2:3 KJV

The 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes talks about time for every thing. The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 20:20 “…believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established.” This means establishment (settling in your God-ordained comfort zone) has its right time.

In the 6th verse of the 16th chapter of the book of Genesis (Gen. 16:6 ), Hagar fled from the house of Abraham (by then he was Abram) because her mistress, Sarai treated her cruelly. Since that wasn’t the time for her to depart, the angel told her in the 9th verse:

return to thy mistress and submit thyself under her hands.

Endure

This is very interesting! Note God did not punish Sarai for treating Hagar that way, neither did the angel of God support Hagar in running away from Sarai’s leadership. In the light of what happened, it’s clear that if Hagar had prayed to find out from God what to do about the way she was being treated badly, the LORD would have answered : ‘Hagar, you must submit.’

This explains why many people keep moving from one place to the other (from one job to the other, from one ministry to the other, from one fiancé/relationship to the other).

It’s because they do not submit. Most of these folks, before they make the move don’t even inquire from God whether they should move or not. They just consider their prevailing discomfort and quit their jobs/relationships for better ones. They then wonder why they don’t get a new/better job or relationship after some time.

If God can tell Hagar who was being treated callously to go back to that same mistress and submit, you must understand that God can also tell you to remain in that office (and not just remain, but also to submit under that same callous leadership), that ministry you’re being ill-treated in, or even your parents’ house.

At the right time, God sent Hagar away by the hand of Abraham. And she didn’t just leave – she went away with great blessings from the LORD (Gen. 21:9-20). Praise God!

You will not remain a servant for ever (Jn. 8:35) but now you’ve to learn to SUBMIT. That is only when you’ll be blessed (Gen. 16:9-10)

Remember when the prodigal son left before the right time, he was not blessed at all. That could not bring him establishment (Lk. 15:11-19) but when God instructed Abraham to leave his father’s house, he was greatly blessed (Gen. 12:1-4).

You’ll be equipped in your father’s house. You must be patient and go through that adverse condition because it’ll make you tough (Jam. 1:1-4). It’ll not end up in your destruction – it’s for your good (Rom. 8:28). Be in God’s timing – not your own timing. God bless you.

Prayer & Confessions (pray out loudly)

Lord I thank you for you have a special timing for my establishment. I pray that you help me stay in my timing, even in periods of adversity, difficulties and challenges, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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