Men’s Retreat – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Sunday, June 20, 2021.
TOPIC: MEN’S RETREAT
Read: Ezra 10:1-9
1 Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly.
2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, spoke up and said to Ezra, “We have trespassed against our God, and have taken pagan wives from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this.
3 Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the advice of my master and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
4 Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it. ”
5 Then Ezra arose, and made the leaders of the priests, the Levites, and all Israel swear an oath that they would do according to this word. So they swore an oath.
6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib; and when he came there, he ate no bread and drank no water, for he mourned because of the guilt of those from the captivity.
7 And they issued a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the descendants of the captivity, that they must gather at Jerusalem,
8 and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the instructions of the leaders and elders, all his property would be confiscated, and he himself would be separated from the assembly of those from the captivity.
9 So all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered at Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month; and all the people sat in the open square of the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of heavy rain.
Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered at Jerusalem within three days. (Ezra 10:9a)
We are all important in the programme and agenda of God. Yet, God is more interested in the men who are the household heads, and are charged with the responsibility of leading their families and the people of God. God always wants His people to follow His will and leadership to letter, and this is made possible by godly leaders at home, church, and all walks of life.
For the two sons of Jacob to destroy Shechem, the men of the city were the target, they were deceived into circumcision and were killed in the process (Genesis 34:1-31). For Pharaoh to sustain his captivity of the Hebrew people in his domain, he targeted the male children. Whenever God plans to get a nation, He gets the men first.
The men of Judah in today’s reading gathering in Jerusalem. What were they doing? It was a great moment of transformation as they observed a solemn assembly. They confessed their sins and wept bitterly before God.
On the other hand, women are mothers in Israel. They are obligated to help their men to fulfil God’s purpose on them. There shouldn’t be room for competition but they ought to collaborate, to complement each other. Both sexs should cooperate with God and resist the devil in order to collaborate in building a formidable nation and people. Women are to replicate godly example before their children and be sources of support and succor to their husbands.
Where are our men today? Many men have abandoned their homes to lodge with concubines. Some men are regular customers in hotel, brothels, and clubs at expanse of their homes. What about men, who are specialists in besting their woman? Men in all lands need a special retreat and solemn assembly, if they would fulfil God’s mandate on their lives. May you not be among the useless men who don’t take responsibilities over their children and homes in Jesus name. May you not be classified as an “irresponsible” man.
- Lord, heal our lands and visit our men, bring them to sober reflection and unison with You.
- I refuses to be a useless father and husband in Jesus name.
- Help our men to understand Your purpose for their lives in Jesus name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
1 Chronicles 16:40 – 19:15, John 20:18 – 21:8
Author: CAC Worldwide