EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020
Song of Solomon 1:6 - Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
If you read today’s key verse, this busy woman was not black before. She was fair complexioned, but now she says, “I have become black;” and shame has come upon her. That is why she said, “Oh no, don’t look upon me.” She is hiding herself now.
But what brought this blackness to her? She said she had been busy under the sun, working. She had been busy doing this work and doing that work. “I have been busy in the kitchen. I have been busy in the house. I have been busy in the market. I have been busy working up and down.
But what kept you busy?” Human beings kept her busy. Her mother’s children kept her busy. She was busy serving others. Probably you too have been busy serving others in the church, in the chapter meeting or in Holiness Revival Movement.
Good as it is to serve others, see what she revealed: “They made me keeper of the vineyards.” Not one vineyard but several vineyards; going up and down to please people. And she said, “My own vineyard, have I not kept.” What a pity!
Now she is black because the sun has burnt her. She was busy going up and down caring for other people’s vineyard but neglected her own. Why? You have a soul and you have a spirit.
You are a pastor, you have a spirit that cries because he is hungry. Your soul and spirit are crying for attention. Listen to their voice and give them attention.
In today’s reading text, we see the cry of your soul, but you are busy going up and down. You have a soul; a soul that dies because of sin, “for the soul that sinneth it shall die”. That soul that you are starving, it shall die! That soul that you are not feeding is your own vineyard.
Your soul is crying for attention, yet you are busy ministering to other souls. In fact, the people are testifying to your service. They are no more hungry. They are testifying but your own soul is neglected. There are laws in this life. God will not change the law for you, except in His perfect wisdom and it is required for His glory, which does not happen often. There are formulas in life. Now that you didn’t keep your vineyard, what has happened to it?
Thought for the day:
Your life is not less important than those you are ministering to. Take care of it.
Song for the day:
Take time to be holy….
Bible reading for the day:
Psalm 90-92; Romans 11:1-21
PASTOR PAUL RIKA