Monday August 22, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.- Proverbs 14 : 28 (UKJV).
LISTEN : Will a king reign without a kingdom? Will his prince, the heir apparent to his throne be made a king after him if there’s no kingdom to rule over? A good king or leader will always know that he needs his people and his people needs him; that his strength is in the strength of his people. This is why the bible said, ” In the multitude of people is the king’s honour”. Obviously, the strength of the king is in the strength of his kingdom, even his people. For it is a sign of a good and wise government, of clemency and righteousness being exercised, of liberty and property being enjoyed, of peace, plenty, and prosperity; which encourage his subjects to serve him cheerfully as their king, and to continue under his reign and government peaceably. This will inevitably invite others from different parts to come and settle in his land; by which his strength and glory as king are much increased.
In contrast, in the want of people is the destruction of the king or the prince; if his people are destroyed in wars his ambition or cruelty has led him to; or they are driven out from his kingdom by persecution or oppression; and have resulted in a decay of trade, and consequently of riches; lack of cultivation of land, poverty and scarcity of provision: he will be deserted, humiliated and ridiculed. Today, we’re experiencing a trend in the society as leaders who’re saddled with the responsibility to protect lives and property of their subjects are engaged in setting their subjects against themselves. They’ve destroyed their territories by means of divide and rule; they set their subjects against themselves to kill, maim, destroy and harm one another under their watch as leaders. My beloved leader, do you realise that you need your people as much as they needs you? Why kill ourselves? Don’t forget that when you make this world a hell for others, someday others will make the world a hell for you. When you kill or watch others being killed, in course of time there will be such a decrease of people to carry on trade and till the land, people to fight for you, and defend your territory; and as a result, when you’re attack by foreign power you’ll be deserted, humiliated or possibly destroyed. Beloved, don’t rejoice in the hurt of others, or plot their destruction. Remember, we need one another. The honour and strength of a king is in the strength of his people. God bless you!
Having read today’s devotional, what are you expected to do?
I. Work for the unity and peace of your people.
2. Don’t destroy the future of others by training them to do evil.
3. As a leader, cause your people to succeed and thrive under your reign.
4. Don’t allow yourself to be used by others to fulfill their evil ambitions.
Daily Task : Don’t rejoice in the hurt of others, or plot their destruction. Always remember that we need one another.
Daily Reflection : When you make this world a hell for others, be sure that someday others will make the world a hell for you.
Prayer : Eternal Father, I bless your name today for your word, I ask for grace to love others unconditionally and to protect them within my power in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, through you, lives will be saved and blessed in Jesus ‘ name.