THEME: DEPART FROM EVIL
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.”
-Job reckons that divine wisdom comes through the fear of the Lord and enables us to depart from evil. In this same chapter Job recounts that God understands the way to wisdom and He alone knows where it dwells probably based on his experience. After going through the storm when he lost all his children, livestock and fell sick, he notes that wisdom is priceless. Its price is beyond rubies and cannot be bought with gold. The Lord gave him credit saying, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? (Job 2:3). Job held fast his integrity and did not curse God given the opportunity. He remained steadfast in his faith despite the grave troubles that he faced. It is through difficult experiences like economic and financial crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, corruption among leaders, closure of churches, collapse of businesses, heightened poverty and deaths, that our faith is tested. Job was able to withstand the test of time when he was found standing in faith even after his calamity, because he feared God and departed from evil. He also kept the culture of repentance and the Lord restored double what he had lost. Therefore, when we fear God, He fills us with His divine wisdom, He fulfills our desires, hears our cry and saves us (Psalm 145:19), His salvation is found near us (Psalm 85:9), He reveals to us His secrets and shows us His covenants (Psalm 25;14), He blesses us with His divine blessings (Psalm 115:13), and we are assured of prosperity and our descendants inherit the earth (Psalm 25:13). King Solomon says that to fear God and keep His commandments is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). It is prudent then to fear God and depart from all evil, for this is the will of God in our lives.
Almighty and everlasting Father, we come to You with thanksgiving in our hearts. We dedicate this day and week unto Your able hands, show us Your grace. We declare that we shall not fail but succeed because You obtained victory for us Jesus. Thank You Jesus for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. Thank You for Your merciful love upon our lives, families and nation. Thank You for are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You for You have never left us orphaned. You have always been with us despite the huddles that we face. You the God of promise Jehovah, remember all the promises that You have for us, our families, children, churches and nation. Fill us with the spirit of Your fear that we may always fear You Lord and depart from evil. Forgive us all dear Jesus and heal our land. We have done evil before You Jesus have mercy on us. We have taken heed to Your laws and statutes, forgive us dear Jesus. Wash us with Your precious blood Almighty Father and deliver us from evil. As we go on to choose our new Chief Justice, may Your will prevail during this elections. Choose us a God fearing person who will choose justice over money, political influence and personal interests. A person who fears You and loves You Lord. Choose for us a president for 2022 who fears You and loves You Jesus. One who puts You first and the interests of Your people. Only You Lord declare the end from the beginning, bless us and shine Your face upon us merciful Savior. Heal our land and revive our economy dear Jesus. Revive our businesses and institutions. Heal all those who are sick and suffering merciful Savior. Help us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and all other things You will add unto us. Teach us how to stand firm in faith in the midst of tribulations. Teach us how to fear You and to be obedient to Your holy will. Teach us how to love You and our neighbors as ourselves. Teach us how to forgive those who have offended us. Teach us how to do Your will Jesus. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus mighty name. Amen
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