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[TEXT] BIBLE STUDY By Dn. Dr. Wale Adelakun 08/04/2020

Topic: Hope for Joy

Text: Psalms 30: 5

For His anger is but for a moment; His favour  is for  life ; Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

Introduction

Covid-19 has generated a series of debate on God’s role in the emergence of the disease. Is it a divine punishment for our wickedness? Truly, we have provoked God with our sins. We dare Him every day and disobey Him fragrantly.

Is this pandemic a divine judgement?

Can we answer this question?

There are people who believe that the pandemic is not a divine punishment but God allows it to teach us a lesson.

Do you agree with them?

What are the lessons the Church can learn from this pandemic?

As believers we have hope and our hope comes from God our Creator. Hope is simply faith directed toward the future. It is confident expectancy. Romans 5:5 tells us that our hope does not put us in shame. Our hope is based on the word of God (Romans 15:4). We are waiting for the glorious appearance of our Saviour for our final redemption (Romans 8:23).

As Christians, we have 3 eternal gifts: Hope, Faith and Love.

Everything we possess will vanish one day. Everything we cherish will be useless one day. We will only be left with our hope, faith and love.

God’s anger is transient vs. 5a

Because of our shallow understanding of God’s work we often think that God is punishing us because of our sins. Psalm 103:10 says

He doesn’t visit us according to our sins nor requite us according to our iniquities.

Does it mean that God doesn’t discipline His children? No. Please read 2 Samuel 7:14; Hebrews 12: 7-8.

God’s discipline is correctional. Hence, His anger is but for a moment. He will not always chastise nor keep His anger forever.

Whatever you’re passing through right now is just for a moment. Yoruba Bible translates “moment” as “Ìsejú kan”.

Is it disappointment, sickness, financial predicament, rejection, depression, barrenness or protracted problems?

 God’s Favour is eternal

One of our hymns says ” Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, if with His love He befriend thee.” While God’s anger is transient His favour is for life. We will enjoy it till eternity. It is His favour that distinguishes us from unbelievers. We are His friends, chosen and elect. We are His objects of love. We accomplish our feats by His favour. Read Psalm 30: 7a.

Favour is God’s blessing on His people (Psalm 5:12);

Favour gives us what we don’t deserve or work for (Psalm 44:3);

Favour is God’s mercy on us (Psalm 102:13).

Will you pause for a moment and ask for God’s favour?

 Hope for Joy

There was a time I had a serious fever. It was in the night. I needed to go to hospital. My wife couldn’t drive. I called the church driver for help but he wasn’t in town. I had to endure the fever till dawn. It seemed the night was elongated and prolonged that day.

Many of us must have experienced similar things at a time in our lives.

Consider staying at home for more than 2 weeks. Isn’t it like a long night?

Your unpalatable experience is like weeping enduring for a night. As noted above, it is just for a moment. The morning is coming. There will be joy in the morning.

Can we sing this song? There will be joy in the morning/2ce. Child of God weep no more, there will be joy in the morning.

Can we sing from YHB 260/BH  Gbori re soke alaare/Joy cometh in the morning

This is our hope. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

There was a glorious morning when Jesus rose from the dead. This morning gave us hope for eternal joy.

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