Living Water Daily Devotional 11-10
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018
GOD’S VERDICT AND MERCY
1 KINGS 21:16-29
MEMORISE: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
King Ahab was the seventh king of Israel since Jeroboam 1. He was the husband of the evil Queen Jezebel. Ahab was a wicked king who did more evil in the eyes of the lord than his predecessors (1Kgs. 16:30). God was not pleased with his rule.
Ahab was angry with Naboth for his refusal to sell his vineyard to him, and this led to the plot by Jezebel that snuffed life out of Naboth, unjustly. The righteous God who sees all things, sent prophet Elijah to Ahab to declare His verdict on him for the evil did. But his self-humbling, self-effacing posture/disposition under the sentence passed upon him made him obtain pardon from God. God took notice of this and repented of the proclamation. He said the evil would not happen in his days(v. 29).
Similarly, God sent Prophet Jonah (1:2) to Nineveh to declare His verdict on them, if they failed to repent. When the people heard the verdict, they humbled themselves, rented their cloths, and even fasted. God cancelled the judgement He had proclaimed on them (3:10).
The examples of above are unlike the young prophet in 1 king 13:20-24, who neither sought for mercy nor showed any sign of remorsefulness, and so the evil came upon him. Brethren, it is a great and terrible thing to fall victim of God’s wrath (Heb. 10:31). Will you ask for, and receive His MERCY today (Jam. 2:13)? Meanwhile, it is only for those who are ready to forsake their sins (Rom.6:1).
1. Father, I ask for the grace to live my life for You, acknowledging that it belongs to You.
2. Lord, grant sinners true hearts of repentance, so that they will not perish in their sins.
3. Lord, give our leaders (political, traditional and religious) the hearts to seek You and forsake all forms of evil.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah 27 – 29
Source: Living Water Daily Devotional