DCLM Daily Manna 4 May 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Wrong Imaginations
TOPIC: Wrong Imaginations (DCLM Daily Manna 4 May 2022)
TEXT: Job 21:22-34 (KJV)
22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,
30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?
KEY VERSE: “Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me” (JOB 21:27).
During a visit to an electronic factory in Scotland in 1999, the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, saw a messy fuse box and said it looked “as though it was put in by an Indian”. Within hours, Buckingham Palace had to apologise to the nation of India. His statement was considered racist and uncomplimentary. He once asked a wealthy islander in Cayman Islands, “Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?” Another example of hasty conclusions without facts.
Job’s three friends also jumped to a conclusion that he was suffering because of his sins. In our text, he faulted his three friends for their wrong perceptions about him. Their rush to condemn without knowing the details about his predicaments was very painful to him. He referred to them earlier as miserable comforters and counsellors. In this chapter, he accused them of putting up cynical devices and falsehood.
Like the late Prince of Edinburgh, anyone can be tempted to make a conclusion based on how things appear. We need, however, to understand that situations vary and innocent people sometimes suffer wrongly.
We should be careful how we reduce people’s lives to a single story. Things are not always the way they appear outwardly. We should be kind while dealing with people, especially while comforting the bereaved. It is important to pray and have a clear understanding from God before rushing to conclusion. Words can heal or hurt, lift up people or rift them apart. Let our speech be always with grace and seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Weigh your words and think deep before you speak.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Samuel 15-16
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.