SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
Topic: A CHANGE PLEASE
Bible Reading -2 CHRONICLES 10:1-16
“And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever” (2 Chronicles 10:7).
One day, a renowned scholar and his son tried to get a calf into the barn. The man pushed and his son pulled. But the calf stiffened its legs and stubbornly refused to leave the pasture. This continued without much result until their housemaid saw their predicament. She thought the calf wanted to suck or eat. So she put her maternal finger in the calf’s mouth and let the calf suck her finger as she gently led it into the barn. King Solomon’s reign in Israel became very grievous and oppressive with hard labour. The people wanted his son Rehoboam to lessen their burden by a change of his father’s approach to leadership. He didn’t pray about the issue neither did he inquire from any prophet of God. Worse still, he rejected the wise counsel from the older people and threatened to intensify the burden of Israel. He preferred a method that made his father unpopular, which made him to lose ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel. The world is already a bitter place and we must not be instruments of additional pain. That is why Jesus commands Christians to be salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). We are to apply suitable methods to everything we do. From soul-winning to child training and employer-employee relations, our approaches must never be oppressive or permissive. When plans and programs are not working, a change of approach sought prayerfully, should be the next move. Changing the styles we employ in life, leadership and work can enhance results and make things better if we follow biblical principles and godly counsel.
Thought for the day: In the matters of principles, always stand like a rock.
Bible Reading in one Year: 2 CHRONICLES 10-12
Daily Manna is written by Pastor (Dr) W.F. Kumuyi who is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry situated at KM 42 on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria .