God’s Help is Greater than The Oppression (Evening)

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Psalm 116:1-19

RHEMA

Psalm 116:10 I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.”

Joseph Ton fled from his country, Romania, to study theology at Oxford. When he was getting ready to return to his home country after graduation, he shared his plans with a few friends. They candidly expressed their concern, “What if you are arrested at the border? Is there any hope that you can preach there?” But Joseph remained in his position, he had to go home to serve God there. He returned to his country and began preaching, until one day he was arrested and detained by the local government. When interrogated by officers, Joseph said, “Your gun could kill me. But as it happens, the tapes of my sermons will quickly spread all over the country. If you kill me, then many people will be more interested in acquiring the tapes. I still win anyway.” Finally, the officer sent Joseph back home.

Oppression is a form of violence that has the potential to make people bitter. That is what happened to the Israelites when they were in the land of Egypt. Pharaoh oppressed them violently to offend the Israelites. They go through days of suffering without being able to do much. Until finally God raised Moses to lead them out of the land of slavery. Thanks to God’s help which was far stronger than the oppression they experienced, the Israelites were finally free and experienced great restoration.

How many of us today live bitterly because of oppression? Teenagers who are bullied by their friends, both physically and in words. Husbands or wives who are oppressed by their partners who are too dominant in the household. Or employees who are bullied by more senior office colleagues. Whoever we are, and whatever our problems, today’s rhema reminds us to remove bitterness from our lives. The bitterness of the heart will only HAPPEN us from experiencing the great glory that God has promised. Throw away and forgive everyone who has hurt us. God’s help will be with us, a help that is MUCH STRONGER than the oppression we experience. And we will see the fulfillment of Isaiah 60 happen in our lives.

REFLECTION

No matter how bad our situation is, keep believing that GOD’S HELP is MUCH STRONGER than the oppression we experience.

APPLICATIONS

1. Do you currently feel that you are oppressed?
2. Has your heart become bitter about it?
3. How will you get rid of your heart’s bitterness so you can experience God’s glory this year?

PRAYER

“Father, thank you for your rhema tonight. We don’t want bitterness to keep us from experiencing Your glory in our life. Help us to remove bitterness from the roots of our hearts. Let us continue to rejoice because no matter how great the oppression we experience, Your help is still much stronger for us. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”