EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020
TOPIC: THE PERIL OF IGNORANCE
TEXT: GENESIS 20:1-18
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 19:2 - Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
An ignorant man is like a man moving forward with his eyes closed. Do you know that being ignorant of the law does not exempt you from punishment when you break it? The saying, “Ignorance is no excuse of the law.” This is clearly seen in the story of King Abimelech, who despite his claim of innocence and pureness of heart, was still subject to the judgment of God. King Abimelech took Abraham's wife and when confronted by God, he pleaded innocence due to his ignorance of the truth of the matter. But God’s verdict was that he had committed sin by taking another man's wife and was guilty of death according to God's Word.
The king argued his case with God, thinking he would be justified. Many people also do so today thinking God will understand their situation. He told God that he acted in the integrity of his heart and in his innocence. His wrong action was due to misinformation and deceit of his informants. However, that did not exonerate him from God's judgment. The king was doomed to die.
Sins committed unknowingly are the commandment of God broken in ignorance. God saw the sincerity of Abimelech. He decided to save him by demonstrating His mercies through some strange happenings (such as shutting up the womb of every woman in the king's household). He even prevented the king from touching Sarah. This could have manifested as some kind of ailment or disease. All these were done to get the king's attention, but he did not understand the message until God appeared to him in a dream.
You might have been made to suffer some hardship as a way of calling your attention to the wrong you have done. God may be using one sign or the other to draw your attention to repentance so that through repentance you can be delivered from the hands of Satan. These signs are the works of His mercy in your life. Like Abimelech, correct your ways and return that which you stole or took illegally. Seek and make peace with those you have defrauded. God will bless you as you do this.
Thought for the day: Only the truth can set you free.
Song for the day: Open my eyes O Lord, Alleluia...
Bible reading for the day: Jeremiah 5-6; 1 Timothy 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA