DOUBLE DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Thursday 18 July, 2019
Jeremiah 8:20-22; Mark 6:1-6
IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD❓
The prophet Jeremiah was evidently worried that the changes in the times and seasons of the year did not bring a change of fortunes for his people. The harvest and the summer are seasons of great expectations and usually mark a time of joy and great excitement. But, for Israel, it was rather a time of sorrow, pain and anxiety. So Jeremiah began to ask: “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?
Jeremiah’s worry, of course, was neither because there was no balm in Gilead nor because there was no physician. The problem was that the people utterly refused to avail themselves of the provisions of the balm and the care of the physician. They knew about the balm of Gilead, it’s medicinal and cosmetic values. They knew about the physician, Jehovah Rapha, but they preferred something else. This is the bug of familiarity.
How often we are tempted to neglect the things that are freely given to us. We look down on our Pentecostal heritage. We despise the ministry of our Pastors perhaps because they are not the flamboyant types. In Mark 6, the people of Nazareth did not receive miracles of healing and deliverance because they despised the person and ministry of Jesus Christ. We need to appreciate the provisions God had already made available to us. We cannot afford to wallow in darkness when light has been provided for us.
What we do not value will not benefit our lives.
Lord, teach me to celebrate all the valuable people and things you have placed around me.
BIBLE READING FOR THE YEAR:
Psalm 20-22; Acts 13:26-52
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