EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
TITLE: A HOLY MAN MAY MAKE HONEST MISTAKES BASED ON LIMITED KNOWLEDGE
DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2021
TEXT: 2 Kings 20:12-18
KEY VERSE: Titus 1:15 ‘Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.’
In today’s devotional text, we see how the king of Babylon sent envoys to felicitate with king Hezekiah after his recovery from a terminal ailment. In his naivety, he showed them all the treasures in his house. He did it with innocence to evil and without much thought. He did not do it out of pride. He welcomed them with sincere and true heart. But although he was sincere, he was wrong because later a prophet came to him and said, “Do you know this thing you did was without wisdom? Do you know that you have exposed yourself to your potential enemy?” Lack of knowledge is the problem of the holy man when you see him make mistakes. A holy man may make mistakes because he lacks sufficient knowledge and understanding. You can find fault with him but not with his motive. Hezekiah was sincere, simple, natural, original, clean and loving. In his innocence, he showed the envoy the wealth in his kingdom. He did not realize his mistake until a prophet came and said, “Do you know that these people that you have shown these things are coming back to empty your treasury?” It was then Hezekiah’s eyes opened. He gained knowledge.
It is in situations like this you find a holy man with mistakes. He made mistakes because he lacked information or he was given wrong information. If he had the correct information he wouldn’t have done that. But in spite of his error, he is sincere and holy. So, the holy man as the word tells us is devoid of sinful lifestyle, evil thoughts, evil words and evil works. He doesn’t have them; they have been removed; they have been cleaned out; his cloth is clean and there is no dirt there; he is devoid of it. I am saying this in case you see a holy man so that you don’t begin to suspect him anyhow. Don’t say, “Hey, I know where he is going now; I know what he is saying now.” Don’t be doing that; otherwise, you will be sinning against yourself because of your impure heart. To the impure, all things are impure. He is dealing whole heartedly with you but your impure heart is making you to think otherwise. Why do you spend time thinking evil which the man is not in the man’s agenda? Be pure and your thoughts will be pure.
Thought for the day: Purge yourself of every evil thoughts and motives.
Song for the day: Holiness is the beauty of believer; Lord I want to be holy….
Bible reading for the day: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 19:16-30