TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY, 2020
THEME: KNOW WHERE TO STOP
PASSAGES: 2 SAMUEL 2:17-25
HYMN: MHB 549 – Lord that I may learn of Thee
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Samuel 2:23 However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore, Abner struck him in the stomach with the blunt end of the spear, so that the spear came out of his back, and he fell down there and died on the spot.
It is difficult to read today’s text and not wonder what Asahel was thinking, getting himself killed like a chicken. Why did he allow Abner to slay him without putting up a fight? Was he merely looking for an excuse to end his life? Or was it stupidity on his part? He was, perhaps, pursuing him in order to take the glory of being the man that killed the commander of the supposed enemies’ army. Unfortunately, Abner did not give him the opportunity to wrestle before slaying him. Abner repeatedly warned Asahel, but he was too consumed by ambition, ego and pride to heed the warning. This is the handwork of Satan.
Lurking somewhere in the dark and pulling the strings of Asahel’s mind was the devil. The same devil did something similar with David, when he moved him to number Israel in disregard to God’s earlier commandment that this should only be done at His command, with a ransom paid and despite Joab’s warning against it. (see 1Chro. 21:1-4;Exo.30:12)
What is the devil currently moving you to do? Is he moving you to keep being rude or to keep holding a grudge? Is he moving you to oppress someone or to take vengeance for a wrong done? Is he moving you to undermine authority or to do anything at all out of vain ambition, ego, or stylish pride? The devil is never at rest at all. He is ubiquitous looking for a workshop. Thankfully, we have the advantage of God in us, the Holy Spirit, who produces in us the final self-control. Each time the Holy Spirit urges us to stop, we must yield to Him in order not to be consumed by the devilish manipulation by the kingdom of darkness.
PRAYER: Spirit of the Living God, give me the grace to yield to You each time you warn me against any error. Amen.
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