Daily Devotional

RAIN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you”. Hosea 10:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVAILING BELIEFS

 “For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both”. Acts 23:8

 

Two rival religious groups dominated the landscape in Jesus’ days; namely, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The two groups shared a couple of similarities. When representatives of both groups came to John’s baptism, he denounced them jointly as “broods of vipers”. (See Matthew 3:7). Both groups came with tricky questions just to trap Jesus in His words. Also, Jesus summed up both groups as hypocrites when He warned His disciples to beware of them and their doctrines.  However, they were split in one major area; that is, in their beliefs. The Sadducees did not believe in life after death. They denied the resurrection. In addition, they did not believe in the existence of angels or spirits. On the other hand, the Pharisees subscribed to resurrection and existence of spirits.

 

Now, in our immediate past meditation we queried what often led to the crippling fear exhibited by the disciples whenever they perceived or heard of spirits. On two different occasions, they assumed that Jesus was a spirit. That means they believed in the existence of spirits. By this same token we can say that they must have imbibed some of the notions of the Pharisees concerning spirits. The point we are making today is that we are often a product of the prevailing beliefs in our environment. Unless we stay on guard and in tune with the word of God, we may take on some of the errors making round in our environment.

 

FURTHER STUDY: ROMANS 12:1-5

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, give me clear mind to believe what is right.

Different groups sought for Jesus during His ministry, but quite a number of them had distorted minds. As we observed in our previous meditation, the Pharisees and the Sadducees looked for Him not because they want knowledge. They were seeking for how to trap Him. Others sought for Him basically because they wanted their appetites satisfied. Jesus had a sharp rebuke for this group. “Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.  Do not labor for the food which perishes, but  for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you,  because God the Father has set His seal on Him” (John 6:26-27). They demonstrated hunger, but the wrong type.

 

How are we expected to seek the Lord and for what? This is what Hosea spelt out in our text. We should seek the Lord so that He might rain righteousness on us. If there is anything to add, it would be the type of hunger which Paul exercised as he craved to know God and His power. He did not only make the knowledge of Christ his personal craving but he equally prayed for all his acquaintances in the gospel that they may partake of the same hunger. Paul didn’t just want to know the blessing of God; he actually wanted to know the God behind the blessing. The moment we are connected to the God of wonders, miraculous things will happen to us as a matter of course.

 

FURTHER STUDY: ZECHARIAH 10:1-6

 

PRAYER: Father, send us the rain of the Spirit.