Text: Luke 19:5-6 (KJV)
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Key Verse: “For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.” – (2 Kings 14:26,27)
On February 19, 2018, a terrorist group abducted over a hundred female students preparing for final exams at a Government College, in the northeastern Nigeria. All the captured girls, except one, Leah Sharibu, were later freed in a negotiated settlement between the government and the group. A year after her captivity, a Nigerian newspaper published an interview on March 24 with a captive “Ruth” who escaped from the camp of the terror group. The newspaper reported that “Ruth said she left Leah at the cell in October and that she was the prophetess in the camp, praying for others and healing through her prayers. Ruth claimed that when she had a troubled stomach, Leah placed her hands on her stomach and prayed for her and the pain was no more.” A story with eternal significance: Leah is the evangelist to terrorists.
Today’s passage is a record of some kings who ruled in Judah and Israel, albeit without the fear of God. Though Amaziah, king of Judah began well, he deviated and did not pull down the altars where sacrifices and incense were offered to idols in the high places. He was conspired against and brutally murdered. Azariah, his son became king in his stead. On the other hand, Jeroboam ruled as king over Israel in Samaria. It was recorded that just like his namesake, he did evil in the sight of the Lord and made Israel to sin. Despite his evil reign however, God saw the affliction of Israel and eventually used Jeroboam to fulfil His purpose by recovering Damascus and Hamath for Israel.
God is sovereign and He could use anyone and any situation for His glory. Just like He used Jeroboam (of all people) to rescue Israel, He can turn any bad situation around so that all things will work together for His glory.
Thought For The Day: God is a God of great surprises.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
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