Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - A Call To Repentance

Thursday June 1

Bible Reading:     Joel 2: 12 - 17
Topic:         A Call To Repentance

Joel had lamented in Chapter 1 the devastating effect of the locust on the Nation's crops and vegetations (1: 4).

He likened the appearance of locusts to an invading army (1: 6)

He made the clarion call to sensitize the people to the need for personal repentance (2: 12-14) and called upon them to rend their hearts and not their garments and seek God's Face.

He also called for national repentance (2: 15-17) through prayer and fasting of all elders, children, suckling babies, nursing mothers, newly weds and priests to show its seriousness.

We are like in Joel's day experiencing such horrendous situations in Nigeria. Fuel price has been hiked to N145 per litre and this has adversely affected the cost of living and transportation. So have the prices of goods and commodities gone up.

Greed, avarice, sexual perversion, wanton living, murders have taken over the lives of many.

It is time for all who live in Nigeria to repent individually and collectively.

Are there ways in which you and I have contributed so far to Nigeria's present situation of chaos, anarchy, brigandage, corruption in all forms?

Oh Lord, give us a heart of true repentance as individuals and as a Nation, Amen.

Memory Verse             Joel 2: 13
"And rend your hearts and not your garments and turn unto the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness and repenteth Him of the evil."

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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