DCLM Daily Manna 5 June 2023 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Prosperity And Protection
TOPIC: Prosperity And Protection (DCLM Daily Manna 5 June 2023)
KEY VERSE: “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (Job 1:10).
TEXT: Job 1:1-12 (KJV)
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
Everyone desires prosperity and protection but only a few know the secret of such blessings. Many have sought affluence to the detriment of their souls. Yet others are so engrossed in riches and care less about the discipline and spiritual life of their household.
Job enjoyed protection and unparalleled blessings from God. He was described as being extremely wealthy. Besides, the “man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil”. Job’s riches have divine imprint and backing. It was supported by God because of his righteousness and hatred for evil. He was not a cheat, an extortionist, oppressor or a haughty person who trusted in his riches or forgot God. Job was mindful of the spiritual status of his household. He prayed regularly for cleansing for his children and fortified them spiritually. No wonder Satan could not just attack them, except with God’s permission.
Riches do not guarantee peace and protection. Security and perfect peace are from God only. They are the heritage of the righteous and those who trust in Him. The Lord “wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on [Him]: because he trusteth in [Him]” (Isaiah 26:3). On the other hand, there is no peace for the wicked and the unrighteous even if he is rich.
Riches cannot provide perfect protection nor assure of a place in heaven. Therefore, all sinners – whether rich or poor – must know that their unjust and sinful lifestyles incur God’s anger and displeasure every day. To be free from sin and enjoy divine protection upon their households and whatever they possess, all such sinners must repent and forsake their sins now.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Righteousness guarantees peace and protection.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 1-2
Deeper Life 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.