Topic: Nobility of Discipline [August 11, 2016]
Text: Ecclesiastes 10:16-20
Key Verse: "Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number" (Job 9:7, 10).
The promise of the Holy Spirit baptism was fufilled in the second book of Acts. As the disciples spoke in different but understandable languages, being Galileans, the people were amazed. While some wondered at the great miracle, others charged them with drunkenness.
This charge was punctured by Peter who reminded them that it was but the third hour of the day and it would be unwise and irresponsible to be drunk at that time of the day. Obviously, apostles and ardent believers are made of more sober stuff. Our text paints the picture of a tragic state of affairs when rulers and leaders are childish and their princes begin the day by satisfying their appetites. Apparently looking back to the book of 1st and 2nd Kings, the writer remembered the decline of the kingdoms when the leaders were concerned about themselves and concluded that laziness was at the root of it. Godly leaders set good examples for the rest to follow. Ungovernable appetite and drunkenness are never part of this example. It is said that a leader's sin is a leading sin.
Therefore, leadership in the church, family or nation requires a high level of personal discipline, maturity and sound skills for the attainment of set objectives. The Scripture recognizes that money is necessary for survival and for the furtherance of the gospel. "Money answereth all things", but the love of it is the root of all evil. The land will be blessed when "the king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness". Why not pray today that God will raise up true leaders in the land who will lead the country to full emancipation and fear of God.
Thought for the day: Hard-work does not kill but laziness does.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.