PASSAGE: JOHN 16:25-33
MEMORY VERSE: John 16:32“Indeed, the hour is coming, yes, has come now, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I Am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”
HYMN: MHB 506 (S.M.) – MY spirit on Thy care.
There used to be a paralytic Fine Artist from the south-western part of Nigeria. He draws perfectly by using his lips to hold the pencil or the brush. A little over ten years ago, he was handed over to the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria (SCIAN) by the management of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi.
According to the management of the hospital, the man had spent thirty-six (36) years with the hospital as he had been abandoned since he had a fatal spinal cord injury at the age of eight years. The injury was so severe that both his hands and legs were paralyzed and his parents, as well as his family members, decided to abandon him at the hospital.
This is a very pathetic story, but one thing that can be learnt from the life of this artist is that he didn’t allow his situation to hold him down. He encouraged himself in the Lord and did not become a nuisance to society, in view of his very bad situation.
In our passage for today, Jesus also told His disciples that a time would come when they would all abandon Him and it actually happened when Jesus Christ was to be crucified (John 16:32). You, too, might be facing an unpalatable condition in which all family members, friends and even loved ones have abandoned you. I want you to realise that such is life. We have seen and heard of mothers who abandoned their babies in the canal, dunghill, bushes, dustbin, toilets, etc as a result of unwanted pregnancies.
However, the good news is that though man may abandon you, Jesus Christ will never abandon you in your problem or sorrow. He says, even if it is possible for a woman to abandon her baby, He, our Lord, will never forget us (Isaiah 49:14-16). Trust him that he will see you through in every situation and He will never disappoint you.
PRAYER: God, be my sole Comforter in my hour of need. Don’t allow the world to hiss at me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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