January 10, 2021 DCLM Daily Manna Devotional : Topic – DON’T DARE GOD!
SUNDAY JANUARY 10 2021
DON’T DARE GOD!
TEXT: 2 KINGS 1:1-6
KEY VERSE: “And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease” (2 Kings 1:2).
In a book titled “Down to Earth”, John Lawrence tells the story of an Italian city that dared God to show Himself and paid a terrible price. The city of Messina, Sicily was home to many wicked, irreligious people. On December 25, 1908, a newspaper published in Messina printed a parody against God, daring Him to make Himself known by sending an earthquake. Three days later, on December 28, the city and its surrounding district was devastated by a terrible quake that killed 84,000 people. Ahab and his family dared God and saw the results.
From our text, a series of calamities befell the house of Ahab as a result of their idolatry and wickedness. First, Moab rebelled from being a tributary state under the northern kingdom. Then, King Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, fell from the window of his house in Samaria and was ill. Messengers were sent by the king to enquire of the Philistines’ god in Ekron, instead of seeking help from the true God. At the direction of God, the messengers were intercepted and sent back by Prophet Elijah, and Ahaziah died of the sickness. People should reasonably expect to be punished one way or the other when they move away from God’s protection through their sinful desires and lifestyle.
It is very common nowadays for people to ‘go for deliverance’ whenever things are not working in their favour. Others go for religious rituals and even pagan style exorcism to regain favour, instead of repenting and turning away from sin. Sin brings about spiritual death and ultimately eternal death. That is why God deliberately positioned His servants like Elijah on our paths to help reconcile us back to Him. Only God has the solution to man’s needs and problems.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: End the standoff today and return to God.
BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 29 – 31