Topic: Simply Robbers [DCLM Daily Manna 21 March 2019 Daily Devotional]
Text: Isaiah 10:1-19 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!” (Isaiah 10:1-2)
A story is told of a pencil manufacturer in a small town. Before he packed and sold his pencils, he would tell the story of the character of the pencil. He said the pencil always left a mark in any surface. That one could correct mistakes of these marks if the eraser was intact. What was in the middle of the pencil could be sharpened and reshaped if broken. And the hand that holds the pencil will determine the merit of what the pencil would produce.
God has sent a strong warning to the house of Israel and the heathen nations around them through Prophet Isaiah. The warning started with those who used their pen to subvert justice, rob the innocent and defraud the vulnerable. God was also talking to those who were at leadership or vantage positions, who depended on themselves or some idols other than the living God.
It is wrong to oppress, defraud or subvert justice because of gain. And it is doubly wrong to take undue advantage of persons who we are to use our privileged position to help. Some people use their pen, position and privileges to plunder public wealth.
They siphon and mismanage resources meant to cater for the vulnerable and the resultant effect is gross poverty, economic recession and an unstable polity. God condemns all such activities, whether it is being perpetrated in the home, Church, community or workplace. Like the pencil, we are to leave a godly mark on everyone and in everywhere we live or work. If as a result of sinful past we erred, we are to correct our mistakes by making due restitution and returning stolen resources. Our hearts must be kept from offences if we are to escape God’s judgment at any time
Thought For The Day: We escape God’s judgment when we live a godly life.
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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.