Topic: At a Crossroads [Sunday February 21, 2016]

Text: 2 Kings 3:14-27

Key Verse: “And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.” (2 Kings 3:14).

Dottie Rambo, a multiple award winning American gospel singer who lived between 1934 and2008 will be remembered for one of her most notable songs titled “I go torn the Rock”. She developed an early affinity for country music and learned to play the guitar. At 8, she started writing songs and at 10, she was singing and playing country music cover tunes on a local radio programme.

She became a born –again Christian at 12 years old and made a commitment to write and sing Christian music. The decision led her to a crossroads at such a nearly age. Her father gave her an ultimatum – “give up Christian music or leave”. She left home and went on the road. She started living with Pastors’ families.

This experience must have inspired the lyrics of her songs which have blessed so many lives over the years. Moab was subservient to Israel under the reign of Ahab, but after the death of Ahab, the king of Moab rebelled against Israel. Mesha, the king of Moab stopped paying the regular tribute to Israel. In order to regain his lordship over the king of Moab, Jehoram the king of Israel formed an alliance with Jehoshaphat the king of Judah and the king of Edom.

They raised a formidable force and embarked on a journey to battle against Moab. Along the line of their journey, they came to a crossroads. They were left confused and disorganized. Jehoshaphat’s counsel became providential. Crossroads are inevitable in life but when in such situation, the wisest thing to do is to seek divine help. There are those who will choose to accuse God like Jehoram did (2 Kings 3:10).

This will only lead to destruction. But, like the presence of Jehoshaphat made a difference, you can be a beacon of righteousness, radiating the glory of Christ to your neighbourhood and providing security to your acquaintances with your abiding faith in God.

Thought for the day: Christ’s true disciples follow; they never complain.

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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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