TOPIC: Chosen By The Lord (DCLM Daily Manna 19 August 2021)
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 6:1-6
1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling forever.
3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.
4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,
5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
KEY VERSE: “…But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” – (2 Chronicles 6:6)
The choice of a king over Israel was a permissive will of God but He later sanctioned it and chose David to replace Saul. Similarly, the building of the temple was not God’s original design. It was the initial choice of David but was later sanctioned by God. Sometimes, God gives approval to man’s choices, which later becomes His as long as the choice does not contradict His word. It is the realisation of this truth that made David to revere King Saul as God’s anointed even after his rejection from being on the throne.
Solomon’s temple which took seven years to build has eventually been completed. Its furniture, courtyard and all other materials as well as the temple were now ready to be dedicated to God with elaborate prayer of praise, adoration and repentance accompanied with offerings and sacrifices. It was worthy of God’s glory and Majesty.
Any leader that God has placed over us should be reverently accepted and honoured. It is not proper to reject any leader appointed over us since man could never attain a leadership position if God did not permit it. It will be foolish for a man to reject what God has divinely approved. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God…” (Romans 13:1,2).
The church should therefore reverence God-appointed leaders. We should refrain from destructive criticisms of leaders either in the secular or otherwise. No matter what happens, our duty is to pray for them and obey their instructions in as much as they are not sinful. When we reverence our leaders, we honour God who has chosen them to lead us in the way of the Lord.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Obey them that have the rule over you.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.