Topic: Humility is the Byword
[DCLM Daily Manna 17 April 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Exodus 24:1-11 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd’s tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me” (Isaiah 38:12).
Affliction do not always portend negative tendencies after all. They sometimes possess the capacity to temper and master proud and impenitent hearts; unseating them from their lofty heights and bringing them down to reality. Those who were once victims of exaggerated sense of self-conceit because of physical and material worth, always meet their waterloo in the face of mysterious and unyielding infirmities.
This was the message Hezekiah passed across in the passage under consideration. He had just been miraculously healed from a strange malady by God who also cancelled the damning pronouncement by Prophet Isaiah that he must shortly die. Hezekiah offer a heart-rending prayer to God citing his credentials of unalloyed service and a single-minded pursuit of God as reasons for a respite. Mercifully, God heard his prayer, healed him and added fifteen more years to his life-span.
Overwhelmed, Hezekiah reacted to God’s kindness by writing a poem underscoring God’s infinite and supreme nature as against man’s transient and finite frame.
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Most people erroneously believe that they will live forever. Surrounded by fleeting material resources, they delude themselves with a mindset of carnal, control of man’s destiny. It often takes a shock therapy such as King Hezekiah experienced, to puncture their inflated and unreal ego and expose them for whom they really are.
Man’s life is short and full of troubles. Without God, it holds no meaning and bursts like a bubble when assailed by intimidating challenges of life. The pity of it is that those who carry on with life as if they possess the supreme control over it invariably find out to their chagrin that they had made a fatal mistake. Please make peace with Jesus now.
Thought For The Day: He who forgets his Maker does so at his peril.
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