Memorize: “Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war. They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.” 1 Chronicles 12:1-2.
Devotional Reading: 1 Chronicles 12: 1-8
Many people consider traditions are more important than Truth, and being popular more important than pleasing God.
We see these patterns in ancient Israel when people often reacted as members of their tribe.
For example, after Saul, a Benjamite, became Israel’s first king, we might assume that his tribe would be loyal to him, particularly during his conflicts with David.
But the Bible tells us that some Benjamites were willing to seek out and serve David. These mighty men were willing to set aside traditions and tribal concerns.
They might have been pressured to support Saul, a member of their tribe. But these men were more concerned about serving God than with being loyal to their own tribe.
At a time when David was vulnerable, these men decided to take a risk and “came to David at Ziklag.”
In every generation, some do what is expected. What is safe and comfortable. They follow the crowd, do the minimum, and go along with current trends.
But some are like these Benjamites. Willing to place a higher emphasis on Truth than convenience or pleasure, they place priority in pleasing God than enjoy cheap popularity from people.
They are ready to do bold things, even if they are criticised or questioned. To seek God and His ways, even when the world pressures them to conform.
What kind of a person are you in our world of today? Are you a pleaser of man or do you strive to please God
You must be willing to step out in faith, to be bold and brave, and to let God open your eyes to understand how He views the world and be ready to seek after his will.
Don’t follow the crowd, seek God’s perfect will and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You can trust Him to keep you in the way that will lead you to your place of fulfilment and accomplishment in life, i pray that God through His Holy Spirit will lead and guide you to your victory especially in this month of October in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, let your Holy Spirit lead and guide me to victory in Jesus name.
Key Dose: They that are led by the Spirit of God are the son’s of God
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)