Topic: Shun Rebellion
[DCLM Daily Manna 21 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Isaiah 30:1-17 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin“ (Isaiah 30:1).
Not long ago, there was a case of mutiny in a country’s armed forces in Africa. Some aggrieved soldiers raised their voices on the quality of food and poor maintenance services rendered to them. What started as a mere complaint soon snowballed into a large scale mutiny resulting in the death sentence on scores of the servicemen. The situation moved the nation and the citizens to cry out in unison for leniency on the erring soldiers.
Rebellion often starts imperceptibly with one or few people, and becomes epidemic, if not checked. The nation of Israel and their leaders – both spiritual and secular – had had repeated records of rebelling against God, His word and will.
The passage today is a divine pronouncement of judgment against the rebellious children, who counsel themselves deceitfully against God and His revealed will for the holy nation. Judgment is against those who would add sin to sin that they may reap iniquity and damnation. The rebellion of the people of Israel attracted severe woes on the rebels.
It is unimaginable that Israel would ever desire to go down to Egypt for help. They established a military alliance with the army of Pharaoh without consultation with the God of Israel who had dealt severely with Egypt and assured them that they would see these Egyptians no more forever. Presumption, self-management and unbelief are the actual causes of rebelling against God and His word.
To shun rebellion, we must guide our hearts with all diligence and ensure that no root of bitterness against God or His servants springs up from within us.
Thought For The Day: Rebellion is the product of unbelief, pride and presumption: Shun it!
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