TOPIC: REWARD OF PIETY
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 16 NOVEMBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: 1 Samuel 20:24-34 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?“ (1 Samuel 20:30).
When we speak, the state of our heart is revealed, whether it is good or evil. Though the human mind may not be read accurately, words from the mouth with corresponding actions from the heart’s meditations adequately reveal the yearnings and the intents of the heart.
This statement seems to find relevance in our text today. David was convinced that Saul had evil intentions against him but Jonathan was doubtful of it. The vicious remarks and reactions of Saul to David’s good intentions betrayed the evil in his heart. In the opening verses, we cannot fail to notice the reverence with which Jonathan related with his father. He stood up while the king came in to have his seat at the table. David did not show up at the religious sacrifice. An intuitive feeling of danger kindled by providence made him to flee into hiding that night.
Saul was sure from his knowledge of David’s constancy, that he could not have kept himself away from religious duties without an acceptable cause. This comment by Saul is a remarkable tribute to David’s fidelity to holy principles and a challenge to every Christian today (1 Peter 2:12). Holy and righteous principle in life and conduct is our sure route of escape from divine wrath and judgment.
Avoid self-management. Cling to that which is righteous, holy and pious. Let it be written concerning you that you displayed the rarest of virtues, because of your abiding relationship with Christ.
Thought For The Day: Godly virtues secure.
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