The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 16 March 2020 – Hand Over Your Challenge To God

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TOPIC: Hand Over Your Challenge To God

READ: JUDGES 5:19-31 (NKJV)

19 “The kings came [and] fought, Then the kings of Canaan fought In Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; They took no spoils of silver.

20 They fought from the heavens; The stars from their courses fought against Sisera.

21 The torrent of Kishon swept them away, That ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, march on in strength!

22 Then the horses’ hooves pounded, The galloping, galloping of his steeds.

23 ‘Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the LORD, ‘Curse its inhabitants bitterly, Because they did not come to the help of the LORD, To the help of the LORD against the mighty.’

24 “Most blessed among women is Jael, The wife of Heber the Kenite; Blessed is she among women in tents.

25 He asked for water, she gave milk; She brought out cream in a lordly bowl.

26 She stretched her hand to the tent peg, Her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; She pounded Sisera, she pierced his head, She split and struck through his temple.

27 At her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still; At her feet he sank, he fell; Where he sank, there he fell dead.

28 “The mother of Sisera looked through the window, And cried out through the lattice, ‘Why is his chariot [so] long in coming? Why tarries the clatter of his chariots?’

29 Her wisest ladies answered her, Yes, she answered herself,

30 ‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoil: To every man a girl [or] two; For Sisera, plunder of dyed garments, Plunder of garments embroidered and dyed, Two pieces of dyed embroidery for the neck of the looter?’

31 “Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD! But [let] those who love Him [be] like the sun When it comes out in full strength.” So the land had rest for forty years.

THE MESSAGE:

Today’s reading is a continuation of the song of praise to God by Deborah and Barak for the victory God gave to them over Sisera and his people. God used Jael, a woman, to disgrace Sisera (verses 24-27) – he died a disgraceful death. God also mustered the elements of creation into the battle of His people – “They fought from heaven, the stars in their courses fought against Sisera” (verse 20). The mother of Sisera lamented over her son, Sisera, in the same way he usually made other mothers to lament over their own children (verses 28-30). Canaan was just a sample of the nations that ganged up against the nation of Israel (verse 19). They all fell as they came.

God is still the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is also unpredictable in the defence of His children- He can adopt any method to do His will. As we serve Him all our lives, He knows how to fight our battles.

When we face threats, challenges and other life intricacies, we only need to involve God into it. What challenge are you facing today? Does it look as if it is overwhelming you that you can do nothing? Why not hand it over to God today! The same God that saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fire and Daniel from lions will surely give you an unusual victory and put songs of praise in your mouth.

PRAYER: Lord, I hand over my battles to You; I have no strength over these numerous enemies.