DCLM Daily Manna 10 May 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Pain Of Wrong Assumptions
TOPIC: Pain Of Wrong Assumptions (DCLM Daily Manna 10 May 2022)
TEXT: Job 22:1-20 (KJV)
1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6 For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8 But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
KEY VERSE: “Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee.” – (Job 22:7,10)
Wrong assumptions about a person the Lord Himself has judged righteous often ends up with equally misleading conclusions. This is the case of many today. What they present as facts concerning another personality often run like a fairy tale of fiction, completely dissimilar to the position of God.
Painting Job as embodying wickedness, Eliphaz robes the suffering man in an apparel of sin. Job, Eliphaz says, has stripped the naked of their clothing. Failing to offer water to the fainting, Job has also “withholden bread from the hungry… [and] sent widows away empty” while remaining indifferent when “the arms of the fatherless have been broken”. For these reasons, he wrongly concludes, “snares are about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee”.
In the world, today, believers would also contend with faulty and sometimes sacrilegious retort to what we preach and our righteous lifestyle. When there is persecution, ill health or lack, they would charge us with unfounded allegations to tar us with sin. As we receive these buffeting responses, the Lord wants us to take courage in His promises, not in the unsubstantiated accusations of men.
The believer should dwell on the word of God, even in the midst of campaigns of calumny against our resolve to follow the Lord in this crooked world. Since the coming of the Lord is imminent, instead of worrying about man’s views, we should hold on to the truth, be watchful and ready to receive Him.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Man’s perceptions do not represent God’s opinion about you.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Samuel 27-29
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.