Daily Words of Encouragement
By Priest Knight Scopas Juma Kamonde
Our Verse of Today (25/11/2017)
“David went out to meet them and said to them. “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.” (1 Chronicles 12: 17)
The Title of Our Today’s Topic: Empowerment of David for Kingship
The previous verse was addressed by David to some Benjamites and some men from Judah who came to join his army before he was enthroned officially as king of Israel.
From our verse of today we can learn these very important and valuable points:
1. Of course David was in a severe need to enough army as he was preparing himself for kingship and that was why he had welcomed those men who came to join him during that time.
2. Although David was ready to welcome men to join his army, nevertheless he knew well that his enemies specially the followers of King Saul might come to join him not for his support but to betray him. Therefore, David was suspicious to welcome those who came to join him at that time.
3. Based on David’s doubt he gave those men who came to join him two conditions which are; if they came for peace, he would cooperate with them positively. But if they came to betray him, God would judge them might be through him because God’s grace and favor was on him.
My dear fellow Christians in general and Churches’ leaders in particular, in general we need people to join our Churches or ministries or other businesses but let us not think that all those who will come are faithful because some of them will be sent by devil directly or indirectly to hinder our progress or to stop it completely if possible. Therefore, let us act with them like King David; they must be verified properly and be given tough conditions right from the beginning. Moreover, we must seek God’s interference between us because God alone is the one who knows our hearts and minds and His so capable to judge all of us fairly.