Sometimes, we feel that life is not worth living. Especially if we have earthly burdens because of difficulties with our livelihood. We have to go on our knees and beg God to have mercy on us.
Some people have to deal with a lack of money, or a lack of food. For many, even water is scarce. In some countries, children who can not afford school fees are sent back to their hungry parents. Someone once said that it could be a curse to have children but not the means to look after them.
People are seeking greener pastures away from where they were born, even moving to different countries. Some have met death in the process. We can only imagine what it is like to have insufficient coins (or none) to buy necessities. Some people even unknowingly go into unauthorised overdraft and when they find out, worry as to how long they will be in that mess. Meanwhile, bills still need to be paid. They feel they are drowning. They look for something drastic to happen. They need more than a smiling face.
In some homes, the breadwinner is laid off or placed on a zero hour contract. Elsewhere, others are wallowing in too much money through embezzlement or using other people’s hard earned money to get rich. Wars are caused by greed and a desire to always have more.
I recently heard a pensioner say that he had only £5 for the week’s shopping; his pension had been delayed for 2 weeks. Some shops are going out of business because people can no longer afford to shop there.
At this point, we have to turn to God. Look at Isaiah 40. This chapter is all about Israel’s incomprehensible God. This God has power (verse 10) yet tends his flock like a shepherd (verse 11). His knowledge is beyond understanding (verses 12-16). God can bring down powerful rulers (verse 23) and when God sends a wind, they dry up and blow away like straw (verse 24).
Take comfort in verses 29 to 31, which say that God strengthens those who are weak and tired and gives them renewed power, figuratively, to soar on wings like eagles. Brothers and sisters in want, there’s hope! Have faith, trust and believe in our Heavenly Father.
I like this verse in our offertory song:
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no earthly plan
Can ever pluck me from his hand;
Till he returns or calls me home
Here in the Power of Christ I’ll stand.
God bless you all.
Gladys Ikeme. (child of God)