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Worship Jesus Ministries Trust Presents
EMBRACE SOLITUDE
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Loneliness


Matthew 3:1Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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After the glorious night prayer on Friday, October 28,  I was sitting in Abide School the next day, still experiencing the overflow of anointing. I received a call from a dear pastor, who is serving in a remote village among the tribal people.  I had not heard from him for long, so with joy I picked up his call, ‘ he said, ‘ sister, I met with an accident and now I am in the hospital and the doctors had done a surgery in my legs, since I am unable to walk or do ministry, I am confined to bed BUT this loneliness has brought me closer to the Lord and I am able to pray more now and praise God.’  I have never heard him complain or grumble, his mouth is always filled with praises for God.  I was blessed with the conversation, did you see that,  how this man of God turned his loneliness to worship? This is true worship!


No fun in always grudging and complaining about simple problems in your life instead of praising God for His goodness in your past life.  May be you have lost your loved one, may be you are without a job.. may be you feel discouraged but learn to praise Him in the midst of it all. Whoever is reading this devotion right now, I would request you to stop grieving God and start thanking Him.


Ministry of John the Baptist started in the wilderness; isolation was inevitable for John because he was going to deal with rough, tough , hard-hearted people. I open today’s devotion with my testimony: After resigning my job with a multinational bank, as a mother of two children, the last one was a toddler, I did not immediately get ministry work but I had to wait for a long period on my knees. I had been confined to solitude which is non-negotiable for an author. There are moments when loneliness thankfully becomes solitude and solitude deliciously transforms into creativity. This was the divine purpose of God for my solitude! I desired to go around places and preach about Him, but He desired to keep me with Him and write for Him and thereby take His message around the world.

Thus was birthed the DAILY DELIGHT DEVOTIONS internet ministry, which is still flourishing after 22 years.  Which was easy? Me going around or He having his way in taking the Word around? The Bible says in Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” Powerful ! I have learnt to gather pain, defeat, discouragement, illness, criticism along the way and dump it away because I know and I know, that He would take me to the right destination, for He has promised in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I KNOW THAT HE IS JUST THE BEST!


 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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