DCLM Daily Manna 9 July 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — When Man’s History Doesn’t Help
TOPIC: When Man’s History Doesn’t Help (DCLM Daily Manna 9 July 2022)
TEXT: Joshua 19:17-23 (KJV)
17 And the fourth lot came out to Issachar, for the children of Issachar according to their families.
18 And their border was toward Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem,
19 And Haphraim, and Shihon, and Anaharath,
20 And Rabbith, and Kishion, and Abez,
21 And Remeth, and Engannim, and Enhaddah, and Bethpazzez;
22 And the coast reacheth to Tabor, and Shahazimah, and Bethshemesh; and the outgoings of their border were at Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.
23 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.
KEY VERSE: “This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.” – (Joshua 19:23)
The descendants of Issachar, Jacob’s fifth son, were reputed to possess the rare gift of “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). The Israelites counted on Issachar to interpret the signs of the times to guide them in obeying the Lord. By the time Joshua was allotting lands to the twelve tribes of Israel, the children of Issachar were gifted more blessings in their allotted territories with rich history.
Issachar’s lot harboured notable places of history. One was Jezreel, in which Ahab had his palace. Another was Shunem, the scene of great miracles by Prophet Elisha. Then, there was the River Kishon. It was on its banks Deborah and Barak defeated Sisera, the enemy of Israel. This lot also produced the mountains of Gilboa, where Saul and Jonathan were slain.
But, alas, these colourful antecedents did not translate into rich spiritual prowess for the latter generations of the tribe of Issachar. Their borders got them close to the cultures and teachings of the heathen whose strange philosophies are alien to the laws of Jehovah. The tribe of Issachar prospered materially, but got lost spiritually.
The tragedy of man today, like Issachar centuries ago, is that he is easily moved by that which would make him to be recognised by man’s history books and not God’s book of life. Heaven will recognise only those who aspire to make history in God’s records through meekness in His service, not those who seek personal glory here on earth.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It is God’s narrative that counts, not man’s.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
- I praise you Lord for my tribe and her divinely imparted blessings.
- Lord, let those gifts and blessings be manifesting in my life.
- Lord, I hereby separate from every influence and dominion of evil territorial spirits of my tribe by your grace and power.
- Lord, let the lifestyle, the culture and the glory of Christ be manifesting in the lives of your children.
HYMN: Let others see Jesus in you.(GHS 49)
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.