Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
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.
LISTEN: No man is at his best alone. Everyone needs someone to excel, and you cannot achieve much standing alone. Our strength increases when we stay together, but decreases when we walk alone. (Eccles 4 : 9 – 12). Our verse of the day declares, ” 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). Beloved, will a king reign without a kingdom? Will his prince, the heir apparent to his throne be made a king after him if there is no kingdom to rule over? Of course not! 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. He should know that life is good when we determine to happily live together. Truly, the strength of the king is in the strength of his kingdom – his people. The king, or leader is nothing without his people. Hence a wise leader will increase his honour and influence through good and wise governance, exercise of justice, creating peaceful atmosphere for development, prosperity, etc., as a result, his subjects will be encouraged to serve him cheerfully as their king, and to continue under his good reign and government.
Sadly, most kings and leaders do not have regard for their people. They have wasted the lives of innocent citizens in avoidable wars and crisis; as a result, they are in want of people. They failed to realise that the want of people is the destruction of the king and his 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. This evil is the trend in the society today, as leaders who are saddled with the responsibility to protect lives and property of their subjects are engaged in causing troubles and setting their subjects against themselves to kill, maim, destroy and harm one another under their watch as leaders. Beloved, do you realise that we need one another? Do you know that your strength is not complete until it is complemented by the strength of others? So, why kill ourselves? Let us learn to live as one, not forgetting that the honour and strength of a king is in the strength of his people; as the people’s pride is in the strength of their king or leader.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
I. Work for the unity, peace and progress of your people.
2. Do not destroy the future of others by introducing them to evil ways.
3. As a leader, give people the opportunity to succeed and thrive under you.
4. Never allow yourself to be used by others to fulfill their evil ambitions.
Daily Task: Do not rejoice over the hurt of others, or plot their downfall; instead, always remember that life is good when we are happily together.
Daily Reflection: When you choose to make the world a hell for others, someday without your permission, others will make the world a bigger hell for you.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I bless your name today for your word, help me to love others the way you love them, and to protect them to your own glory, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God use you to save and bless the lives of others, in Jesus ‘ name.
Daily Quote: No man is at his best alone. Everyone needs someone to excel, and you cannot achieve much standing alone.
Today In History: August 23, 1821. After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.