TUESDAY 16TH MARCH, 2021
THEME: SHUN INDIFFERENCE
PASSAGE: 2 KINGS 15:32-38.
MEMORY VERSE:2 kings 15:35 “Nevertheless, the high places were not removed, the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD.”
HYMN: MHB 513 (C.M.) – WHO fathoms the eternal thought?
King Jotham was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem for 16 years. The Bible records that he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father, Uzziah, had done. Nevertheless, the Bible records the imperfections of the people in the reign of Jotham. He did not remove the high place and allowed the people to sacrifice to idols. This was a blot in his record.
The indifference of King Jotham to people of Judah who remained adamant in their sin of burning incense and worshipping of idols in high places during his tenure as king of Judah did more harm than good in Judah. Some Christians are like Jotham. They are indifferent to the salvation of the lost souls, even in their families today. Instead, we are only concerned with the salvation of our souls. This is very bad. A Yoruba adage says “if your neighbour is eating insects that are not edible and you fail to tell him/her, the resultant troubles will not allow you to sleep at night.” God also said something similar to Ezekiel twice in Ezekiel 3: 17-21 and 33:8-9.
The indifference of Christians to social vices in our country has continued to permeate society, leading to moral decadence such as sexual immorality, armed insurgence, social injustice, banditry, nepotism, exploitation of the poor, rape, political instability and so on. They spread like cancer until they become serious and uncontrollable. A stitch in time saves nine, the adage says. As Christians, we should cease being indifferent to the economic recession, political anarchy, social injustice, religious bigotry and different forms of evil in society. We should henceforth find a way of contributing our quota to make Nigeria a better place to live. Rome was not built in a day. Whatever we do today may make or mar the future of the upcoming ones.
PRAYER: Dear God, grant me the grace not to be indifferent to the sins of others but to have compassion for sinners and bring them to the knowledge of Christ. Amen.
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