Topic: The Spoiler’s Woe [Tuesday August 8, 2017]
Text: Isaiah 33:1-12
Key Verse: “Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee. ” (Isaiah 33:1).
In the Complete Encyclopedia of Illustration, a story is told of Dwight L. Moody. He was in a city preaching about the value of the word of God in a person’s life. He was interrupted by the loud voice of a man in the audience. “Mr. Moody, I do not believe a single word in that collection of old wives’ tales you call your Bible!” “My dear man,” replied Mr. Moody, “there is one verse in this Bible that you are forced to believe. ‘Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.’”
The man sat down as the audience broke into a loud applause. Mr. Moody, of course, did not know the man, but the audience did. He was a notorious, longtime, atheistic saloon keeper and all his children, both sons and daughters, were drunkards. God sent the prophet Isaiah to warn the Assyrian monarch who had come against the righteous Hezekiah who looked powerless against the army of Sennacherib at the initial stage. But against all odds, Israel rallied round and went to God in prayers. The outcome was the total routing of the enemies of Israel by the miraculous intervention of God. Hezekiah and his people were told that God would stand by them and He did. The spoilers are still very much around us today. In churches, homes, private and government establishments, they are there doing what they know how to do best. There are many types of spoilers. Some specialise in destroying youths.
They know that youths are so vulnerable and so they teach them how to do a lot of negative and evil things. Others spoil believers. They go to Christian circles just to pollute saints. Some spoil people with immorality, money and gossips. Others do with music and indecent dressing. Our passage today warns us there is a payday coming. Sooner or later, spoilers would be made to drink of the fruit of their labours.
Thought for the day: Whatsoever a man sows, he reaps.
Bible Reading in one Year: Jeremiah 10-12
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.