EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
TEXT: 2 Samuel 19: 24-27
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 18:17 - He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
If there is a conflict between two people or two groups (to keep yourself pure and undefiled), follow bible principles before you begin to pass judgment. Often, he that comes and speaks to you first will appear correct, righteous, and perfect; but that may not be true. His fault will only be seen when the other party comes and narrates his own side of the story. Have this understanding so that you are not easily moved to rush into hasty conclusion and judgment. He came first and told you, “Do you know what he did to me? He did this, he did that; he said this, he said that,” and you are just responding with surprise and indignation at the other party.
It is normal for men to profess their own goodness and innocence while they hide their faults. A faithful man who can find? Who is that person that comes to you and say, “Do you know why the church disciplined me? I stole their money. I broke into the store and stole the properties of the church. I set fire on one of the church buildings to cover up my sin.” Who will tell you that? He would rather say, “I don’t know what I did to them. They said I stole money and I didn’t know anything about it.” That is man for you. He will not tell you his fault, he will not tell you the truth; he will not confess his sins. Rather, he will present himself blameless. If you are not careful you will become guilty of miscarriage of justice as you apportion blame to the righteous and set the guilty free.
In today’s reading text, we see how Ziba lied to King David about his master Mephibosheth. David, without making any effort to cross-check the facts, passed judgment transferring all that belonged to Mephibosheth to his servant. Unknown to David, Ziba had lied to the King to inherit the estate of his master.
The whole truth only came to light when Mephibosheth later came down to meet the King. He did not dress his feet, trim his beard, nor wash his clothes, from the day that the King departed until the day he returned from self-exile. It was then David learned how Ziba had abandoned Mephibosheth because he was lame; only to turn around to slander him
(2 Kings 19:24-27). Therefore, learn to hear all the facts before passing judgment.
Thought for the day: Never be in a haste to pass judgment without hearing from both parties.
Song for the day: Be like Jesus, every day in your life……
Bible reading for the day: Psalm 148-150; 1 Corinthians 11:16-34
PASTOR PAUL RIKA