EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY JANUARY 12, 2020
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Genesis 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Let me share a story I read somewhere to emphasize the fact that unity is indispensable in building and sustaining relationships. The story goes thus:
“A few years ago, I was walking with a friend in the Muir Woods which is just close to San Francisco in the United States of America. It is a redwood forest. We came upon the tourist guide and he was explaining to some tourists the secret of the forest. He told them that the sequoia and redwood trees are the largest tress on the planet. Some of them are hundreds or even thousands of years old. But interestingly, their roots do not grow deep.
He went further to say that these trees have been standing for centuries upon centuries, enduring massive windstorms, devastating earthquakes and other threatening weather conditions even though they had no deep roots. Then a question arose, “How do they keep standing without deep roots?”The guide paused so that we can ponder on this mystery.
After a while, he decided to reveal to us the underground secret of the redwood forest. He said that the roots under the ground reach outward seeking the roots of other redwood trees and when they meet, they interlock to make a permanent bond with each other. In this way, all the redwood trees in the entire forest are either directly or indirectly giving support to each other.
Unity is their strength! They reach out to care for each other. Even little new born baby redwoods with their little tiny roots, are given shelter by the ancient giants. In the Muir Woods, nature is giving humanity a very crucial lesson that our real strength is in our willingness to care for and support each other.
We are caretakers of divine property. Wisdom is to understand this simple universal principle that IN GIVING, WE RECEIVE. By getting things, we make a living. By giving things, we make a life. The spiritual evolution of a society can be understood when people love people and use things. But all too often in today's world, it's just the opposite. People use people, and they love things.”
Thought for the day:
In giving, we receive.
Song for the day:
Give it shall be given unto you … good measure shaking together
Bible reading for the day:
Genesis 29-30; Matthew 10:1-23
PASTOR PAUL RIKA