SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST, 2018
THEME: THE WATCHFUL GOD
TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 11:1-4
MEMORY VERSE: 2 KINGS 5:26 “But Elisha said to him, ‘Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes,
olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants?'”
One quiet Sunday morning a man was on his way to church. The traffic was light but he stopped as the traffic light turned red. As he waited for it to turn green, an S.U.V with a well – suited man at the wheels just drove through the red light. He must have assured himself there was no officer of the law around to arrest him for his offense. This brings to mind what David did with Beersheba in our reading passage today. The question: “What do you do when no one is looking or could challenge you?
Most of us put up appearances of being holy because we are afraid of the consequence of being found out. But the true test of your character would be what you would do if you are absolutely sure you will not be found out. If David knew he would be found out as he was, he would have thought about his action twice and cautioned himself. What about the pastors fiddling with the offering or priest caught in fornication? We all forget that God is Omnipresent and He is watchful. If we are constantly aware that God is looking at our every action, most of us would lack the courage to commit the sin.
A man and his little son had gone to another man’s farm to steal on a Sunday when no one was around. However, the man told the boy to watch and cough when he sees anyone. As the man removed yams from the barn, the boy, who was on the road, coughed and his father, ran to meet him. “Where is the person you saw,” he asked the boy. The boy pointed to the sky, saying “God is always there to see everyone!”If you think no one is looking, be sure like the boy: God is looking. Let the fear of the Omnipotent and Omniscient God keep you from sin today.
HYMN: EMHB 480 – AH LORD WITH TREMBLING I CONFESS
PRAYER: Lord, remove from me a deceitful spirit in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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