THEME: BUSYNESS OUR BUSINESS
1 Kings 20:38-43 NKJV
“Then the prophet departed and waited for the king by the road, and disguised himself with a bandage over his eyes. Now as the king passed by, he cried out to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the midst of the battle; and there, a man came over and brought a man to me, and said, ‘Guard this man; if by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.’ While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” Then the king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.” And he hastened to take the bandage away from his eyes; and the king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. Then he said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Because you have let slip out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.’ ” So the king of Israel went to his house sullen and displeased, and came to Samaria.”
–The son of the prophet, who was also a prophet, made-up story when he let a prisoner loose after being entrusted by king Ahab. He inflicted upon himself injury after requesting the first man to hit him but he refused and upon his command the man was mauled by a lion. He requested another one to punch him and he bandaged his face, possibly to make his narration real. He got busy with other things and the prisoner slipped out of his hand which displeased king Ahab. His story seems fictional but it is real in the life of many, especially many ministers of the Gospel. If a man/woman is called to preach the Word, and becomes busy over a hundred things other than that of his central work, and so loses the opportunity to preach, his failure is complete. That which is our God-appointed work, we must do. If we fail in that, the fact that we have been ‘busy here and there,’ doing all sorts of other things, is of no avail. In the Christan life we also need to arrest every opportunity to perform the task for which God has called us to do and to spread the gospel in whatever capacity. Jonah was such a man who was called to go and preach in the land of Nineveh but he disobeyed, and he was swallowed by a giant fish, and eventually he submitted to the call. Matthew 28:19 reminds us of our Christian call to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Lord Almighty Father we appreciate You for You are Awesome in every way. You are merciful and loving, we bless Your holy name. We come to Your throne of grace that we may obtain grace and mercy to help us during our time of need. We need Your grace to enable us execute the mandate for which You have called us. We need Your grace to encourage us in the ministry work for which You have called us for the benefit of Your kingdom. May You help us to be strong and courageous as we go into the world to preach the gospel in the way that You will enable us. May You bless our pastors, priests, bishops and all the men and women who You have chosen to do the work of ministry that they may always be encouraged to put You first. May You bless Your church all over the world that Your True Word may be preach and many will come to You. May You destroy every demonic altars in our lives, families, churches, nation and all nations of the world. We look to You Lord Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. We thank You and magnify Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Mark 16:15