DCLM Daily Manna 26th August 2023 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Contentment Is Key.

DCLM Daily Manna Devotional
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TOPIC: Contentment Is Key.

Text:  Numbers 16:1-11 (KJV)

16 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?

And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:

And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

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And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?

11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

KEY VERSE: “And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?” – (Numbers 16:10)

DAILY MANNA FOR TODAY

Contentment is a very rare virtue in the lives of many. The inordinate ambition to get a particular thing or position at all costs has led to so many betrayals, usurpation of legitimate authorities, destructive criticisms, propaganda and so on. In many countries, lack of contentment has led to looting of the treasury and even elimination of political opponents.

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The rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram was due to lack of satisfaction with the positions God had given them. This made them revolt against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. They, with two hundred and fifty famous and renowned princes of the assembly, rose up to challenge the two leaders, claiming they were arrogating too much authority to themselves. Moses responded by telling them that God would show who He had actually chosen.

God hates covetousness, which is the root cause of discontentment. Had Gehazi the servant of Elisha not allowed greed to get the better of him, he would perhaps have gotten a double portion of the Spirit of God as Elisha also received from Elijah. Similarly, Balaam lost his life and ministry due to greed.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain”. The antidote to lack of contentment is faith in the promises of God with patience to wait for the manifestation. Job did not allow his suffering to affect his faith and dependence on God. Whatever belongs to us as believers will come to us in God’s appointed time if we trust and obey Him, because promotion can only come from Him.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Waiting patiently upon God midwives enduring blessings eventually.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Psalm 36-38

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