Topic: Unity Of Purpose [Tuesday February 20th, 2018]
Text: 1 Chronicles 12:23-40 (KJV)
Key Verse: “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king” (1 Chronicles 12:38)
A story is told of a man who, on his dying bed, desired to teach his three sons a lesson in unity and cooperation. He asked for a bunch of broom which he demanded they should break. Each of them tried but could not break the bunch. He then told them to untie the broom and attempt to break them stick after stick. This they did very easily and the lesson was not lost upon his sons, who vowed to their father that they would always stick together.
David’s route to the kingship of all Israel had been a chequered one. He ran from Saul’s fury and wrath, hiding in caves, mountains and forests. But God’s time for the fulfilment of His plan had come at last for him to be crowned. Being a man of war, so made by the circumstances of his time, he had a well-organised army with an astonishing number of brave and fearless soldiers. Everything was provided for a successful coronation.
Our text is about the gathering of men of war at Hebron (verse 40) for the singular purpose of installing David as king. They came from all the tribes of Israel, including the “children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times” (verse 32). These men of war that could keep rank came with a perfect heart (verse 38). The lessons here are on unity and perfect commitment for a good and noble cause.
There is a noble cause which has been committed to the Church and that is reaching the whole world with the gospel. Jesus is coming soon; the church should be busy evangelising to get sinners into the Kingdom. Are you involved in this good cause? There must be unity of purpose if we are going to be successful in this great task.
Thought For The Day: God is honoured when we unite for a noble cause.
Bible Reading in a Year: Leviticus 22-23.
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.