THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL…
DATE: WEDNESDAY, 22ND JUNE, 2016.
THEME: LET THEIR COUNSEL TURN TO THAT OF AHITHOPHEL
TEXT: Ecclesiastes 12:13, Matthew 6:25-33
12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
MEMORY VERSE: “And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father. ” (2 Samuel 17:21-23)
Ahithophel knew that David was a man of war and a master strategist. He knew it would be difficult to hurt David when he was at full strength. So, he suggested that the attack on David be carried out when he had become weak to enable him frighten those with him and then smite him. This was a suggestion which pleased Absalom David’s son who at this point had become a rebel. One ironical aspect of Ahithophel’s latest stance was that he was a close confidant in David’s administration. However, his counsel later turned to foolishness and he ended up committing suicide.
The information might not be readily available regarding a close and unsuspecting ally who had taken counsel against you. It does not matter what he knows about you or what his suggestions are. The truth is that so long as you are a Chosen and you trust in God’s unlimited power, all those that take counsel against you will see the table turn against them and they stand the risk of committing suicide.
Sing a few praise/worship songs. Make a thanksgiving prayer and ask God for mercies and the forgiveness of sins. Thereafter, take the following prayer points.
1. Any evil counsel taken against me; become foolishness, in Jesus’ name.
2. Any household enemy working against my progress: receive disgrace, in Jesus’ name.
3. Any pit the enemy has dug for me, I jump and pass, in Jesus’ name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA