DCLM Daily Manna 15 January 2024 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Stay Connected
TOPIC: Stay Connected (DCLM Daily Manna 15 January 2024)
KEY VERSE: “Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies” (Numbers 14:42).
TEXT: Numbers 14:40-45 (KJV)
40 And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the Lord hath promised: for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the Lord, therefore the Lord will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.
Three men were being chased. Suddenly, they came to a cliff top which was by the ocean. The last man, the strongest of the three, decided he should take an extra- long run-up to reach the moon. At a great speed, he leapt from the cliff. He soared through the air with outstretched arms in order to reach the moon. But he plummeted, screaming to the jagged rocks below. He had leapt an impressive eight metres; however, he did not realise that the distance to the moon was 221,463 miles.
The Scripture passage for reading shows the congregation of Israel in the wilderness weeping and complaining that they had been brought out from Egypt to die in the wilderness following the report of the ten spies. They even attempted to return to Egypt. After Moses and Aaron interceded on their behalf, they decided to go to battle and enter Canaan against the counsel of Moses.
The above can be attributed to their disconnection from God in their hearts. Many Christians are still connected to the world. When God requests a change in their attitude, business, workplace, marriage and child training, they ignore the warnings and continue in their ways.
Believers are to be spiritually prepared for whatever life brings their way. The only way to do this is to spend quality time with God. You will not hear from God except you are listening. Don’t be like the strongest of the three, who disconnected from others and fell; or like majority of the children of Israel in the wilderness, who disconnected from God and did not get to the Promised Land. Stay connected.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Better to stay connected to God than get distracted by the world.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
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.