Shut Your Mouth Up – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
TOPIC: SHUT YOUR MOUTH UP!
Read: 1 Kings 13:7-19
7 Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.”
8 But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place.
9 For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’ ”
10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.
11 Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king.
12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen a which way the man of God went who came from Judah. 13 Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it,
14 and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “ Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am. ”
15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.”
16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place.
17 For I have been told by the word of the LORD, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’ ” 18 He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (He was lying to him.)
19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water.
For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. (1 Kings 13:9).
The Lord had actually instructed the man of God from Judah not to eat, drink, or return the same way he went to Bethel, after delivering the pungent message from the Lord. Note that neither the wicked King Jeronoam, nor the envious old prophet from Bethel was there when the Lord gave him the injunction, or knew what the Lord had told him.
What finished the prophet from Judah was half obedience. He had dutifully delivered the message, and had demonstrated God’s presence and backing to the rebellious king. After the king’s arm’s restoration, why did man of God from Judah grant the king audience as he asked him to come and dine at the kings table? He acted stupidly in divulging the secrecy of what the Lord had instructed him. Why not just keep shut and walk away from the wicked King? After all, God had just given the king into his hands through that power demonstration that withered the kings arm.
It is most likely that as the men of God from Judah talked to the king in refusal if the letters offer, the old prophet eavesfropped on, or was told of their conversation, and being envious, looked for a way to get the younger prophet down. How could he have easily done that, had the younger prophet kept the secret of the Lord to himself? Why did he divulge the secect to the prophet himself when the old prophet accosted him? Why not just keep shut?
He who doesn’t bridle his tongue cannot zip up his mouth, and is like a city without walls (cf.Prov.25:28). Take time to study ancient cities and what happens to those with their walls and strongholds broken down in any ways. That is what happens in the Spirit to those to themselves but foolishly drop them in the hands of the enemies. Ask Samson what Delilah did to him. Learn from Saul (1 Samuel 10:16). Learn from Mary (Lk.2v19,51). Be wise (Prov.29v11).
- Lord, deliver me from stupidity manifested in unnecessary looseness.
- Lord, give me victory over my tongue and spirit before they sell me out to the enemy.
- Lord, deliver our children and youths from the Spirit of unnecessary looseneess and carelessness with divine things and God-given information about their lives.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
1 Samuel 25:11,27:5; Luke 21:25-22:8
Author: CAC Worldwide