Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Comfort To You My Child

Wednesday March 22

Bible Reading:     Jer. 9: 17 - 22

Topic:         Comfort To You My Child

Our reading today falls within the section of the prophecy of Jeremiah where he bitterly laments the terrible judgments about to be inflicted upon his countrymen because of their sins (9: 1 - 9)

Judah shall be utterly desolated and the inhabitants transplanted into heathen Countries (vs. 10 - 17).

The judgment will be so severe that they would not be able to mourn adequately for the disaster that would befall them, therefore in allusion to an ancient custom, they are called upon to invite a band of professional wailing women who will be paid to help them lament over the ruins of Jerusalem (vs. 17, 18)

In our lives, we sometimes experience sorrow due to loss or remorse for sin. Today a word of comfort is coming to you from the Throne of Mercy.

God allows sorrow in our lives in order to refine and draw us closer to Himself (Ps. 119: 50, 67; Rom. 8: 26; Jas 1: 2-4); to teach us compassion and make us a greater blessing to others (2 Cor. 1: 4) or to bring us to repentance (2 Cor. 7: 9 - 11)

Whether your sorrow is self inflicted due to sin or caused by circumstances beyond your control, let it serve to draw you closer to God today.

My God and my Father, in obedience to Your Word, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me and heal me and set me free from all my grief. Give me grace to trust You in difficult times, so that I can grow closer to You through it through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Memory verse:   Jer. 9: 22
"Speak, thus saith the Lord . Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field and as the handful after the harvestman and none shall gather them"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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