“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
(Luke 17: 13)
That is the Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional today.
When the ten lepers in our Focal Scripture saw Jesus, they lifted up their voices
and called for Jesus to intervene. The lepers were far from Jesus, but they bridged
the gap between them and Jesus by lifting up their voices to Him. He was far from
them, but they kept speaking to Him.
One strategy of the enemy is to make you keep silent whenever God seems far from
you. When you go astray and disconnect from God, the enemy wants you to stop
communicating with God so that you don’t re-establish your connection to Him. When
you feel God is far from you, the enemy would rather have you remain silent.
Friend, when you can’t feel God around you, and when you feel He is far from you,
don’t stop speaking to Him, don’t stop screaming His name, don’t stop praying, and
don’t let the distance stop your communication. When you feel God has abandoned you,
call on Him until He shows up to intervene. When you fail God and He departs from
you, keep calling Him until He returns.
The ten lepers cried to Jesus despite the fact that He was far from them, and He
came to their rescue. Keep calling out to Jesus concerning every matter that needs
His presence; in a matter of time, He will respond and turn things around for good.
Even if things are yet to change, don’t stop speaking to God until things change.
Jesus didn’t refuse the call of the lepers just because they were far from Him. As
you call upon God, even if you think He is far, He will hear and respond.
Psalm 50 vs. 15 sums it up: “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver
thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
Pray With Me: Lord, even when You seem far, I know You are near enough to hear and
rescue me, in Jesus’ name!
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Enjoy A Splendid Thursday.