Living Water Daily Devotional 31-12-18

 THERE IS AN END

Read: Ecclesiastes 8:1-8

[1]Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.[2]I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.[3]Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.[4]Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?[5]Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.[6]Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.[7]For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?[8]There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

MEMORISE: No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, and no one has power in the day of death (Ecclesiastes 8:8).

EXPOSITION
Both the beginning and the end are always at loggerheads. While the former always want to perpetuate itself without end, the latter aspires to takeover and exterminate the former. This is the reality of life. Occupying a post at any level for a long time is pleasing and enjoyable. Nobody who is the occupant wants his reign to know an end. No wonder there have been cases of leaders in history who have attempted to perpetuate themselves in government of nations. In fact, there are some who have so tyrannically stayed put in government houses of their nations. The irony of life is that all of these have ended up one way or the other, on most cases, very sadly and ingloriously.

Every living human seldom desires the factor called, end. Death remains man’s enemy. It brings one’s rule, reign, service, enjoyment, sorrows, wars, illnesses, sufferings, worries, and all other things to an end! No rationally inclined person desires that end should come to his life regardless of how painful, sorrowful and hard the life itself had been. However, there is a necessary and inevitable end to all these things.

Blessed are you, living and reading this dose of the Living Water today. Know that the end will come one day. It is not negotiable. It is same for the powerful and the weak, the small and the mighty, the rich and the poor. It is incumbent on the living to prepare for the necessary end, which comes without giving notice! Rich? Poor? Influential? High? Lowly? Famous? Notorious? Your end is sure.

Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, and cooperate with His Spirit to do what is just, right and above all, what will earn and qualify you for eternal life with Him, where will earn and qualify you for eternal life with Him, where there is no end. Be wise; follow Jesus to the end, He is way, the truth and the life.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Oh God of grace, assist me to do the needful before I am no more.
2. Teach and help me, Oh Lord, to number my days so that I can keep putting to mind the end, a thing that would moderate my living now.
3. Lord, help those in positions of public fund to continually remember their ends, so that they can do the right things according to Your will and in the interest of the masses they are serving.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 6 -10

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