OCTOBER 20, 2019 LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – BE RESPECTFUL
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Sunday, October 20, 2019.
READ: Exodus 20:12
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
MEMORISE: You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19:32)
The culture of courtesy, respect and honour is being eroded in so many cultures. Younger people now find it very difficult to show regards to their elderly ones. However, the culture of the Bible supersedes every other culture in the world, and should be the yardstick for all people, everywhere.
The Bible commands the young ones to rise before the gray headed and honour their presence. This is a proof of fearing Lord God (Lev. 19:32). Also, God commands, Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you (Exo. 20:12).
Whatever you do to elderly people is indirectly done to God. This is a form of worshipping God. Children who curse, disobey, haul insults at, or steal from their parents are incurring the wrath of God. Children who are doing all these are nothing but the children of Belial.
What some of our young ones do today is worse than the attitude those children put up against the man of God in 2 Kings 2:23-25. The way you look down on aged people as if you are not going to become old like them someday, infuriates your Maker and theirs.
Solution: When you see an elderly person standing in a queue with you, courtesy demands you allow him/her to be served before you. Courtesy demands you don’t choose ahead of your seniors (remember Lot’s mistake). As it is in your power, render any form of assistance to elderly citizens and don’t make life unbearable for them. Be respectful. You will be glad you did (Eph. 6:1-3).
1. Lord, let Your love saturate our hearts, so that we can honour those whom honour is due.
2. The spirit of humility, possess our young ones and deliver them from the destructive spirit of arrogance, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, help government, both in the church and politics, to see to the welfare of their retired citizens and be apt to the payment of their pensions.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah 44:13 – 47:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:8 – 2:18