Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, December 16, 2019

Theme: THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Text: “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” – Ezekiel 33:7.

 

Comment: God inspires His prophets to warn the people to flee from evil so as not to suffer the consequences of unbelief and self-will.  Joseph had the spirit of God and that was why he was able to interprete Pharaoh’s dream about famine that was to come on the land. The king of Egypt then said to his servants, “…Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” Consequently, Joseph was made the governor of Egypt. (Genesis 41:38-40) In the time of Daniel the prophet, King Nebuchadnezzar urgently needed the interpretation of his dream but his wise men could not help him. In turning to Daniel he told him that “the spirit of the holy gods (read God Almighty) is in thee.” (Daniel 4:18) It is worthwhile to mention that Joseph and Daniel were used by God to warn the leaders in their days to take the right course to avert crisis in the society. Whereas Pharaoh took the advice of Joseph and even appointed him to drive the process, King Nebuchadnezzar did not heed the advice of Daniel – and became an animal for seven years. The servant of God is duty bound to proclaim the word of God, else he would bear the responsibility. (Ezekiel 33:8, 9) “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” – Malachi 2:7.