WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY, 2021
THEME: BENEFITS OF FEARING GOD
PASSAGE: PSALM 112: 1 – 10
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 112:2“His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”
HYMN: MHB 422 (Irregular) – BLESSED assurance, Jesus is mine.
We find a classical example of someone who fears the Lord in Joseph. In the account of his stay in the house of Potiphar, Genesis 39: 5 says, “From the time he put him (Joseph) in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph.”
This fact was not lost to Potiphar, so he rewarded Joseph by putting his trust in him and leaving him in charge of all that he had.
Then came trouble; Potiphar’s wife wanted to have an illicit affair with Joseph because, “he was well built and handsome.” (Gen. 39: 6). Joseph refused, but it was the reason behind his refusal that has left an example for us in the fear of God.
“With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a thing and sin against God?” (Gen. 39: 8 – 10).
The fear of the Lord, indeed, is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111: 10). Joseph, sold as slave into Egypt, ultimately became governor of Egypt. Honour, prosperity, security and more benefits are the lot of those who fear the Lord.
Like our Monday’s devotional on the righteous, this Psalm also gives us more clues on the righteous: they shall be blessed; their children shall be mighty; darkness shall become light for them; they shall have everlasting remembrance, they shall fear no evil, because their hearts are fixed on God; their enemies shall be defeated and their horns shall be exalted. What should any person seek more than all these blessings? Let us, therefore be righteous to have all the blessings and more from the Almighty God.
PRAYER: May my heart be filled at all times with the fear of God, for I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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