Living Water Daily Devotional 6-2-19
MONUMENT OR MOMENTUM?
Read: 1 Samuel 15:10-23
MEMORISE: So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself; and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal” (1 Samuel 15:12).
The above topic for this devotional study is a question that every member of God’s family should give an accurate answer to. Are you building monument or momentum for yourself? Talking about monument, it is building, statue or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person or event. Monument is also a statue or other structure placed over grave in memory of the dead. Talking about momentum in the concept of this study, it is the ability to keep increasing or developing in life with a view to fulfilling one’s purpose or to achieve certain things in life. It is a force that is gained by a movement.
The main difference between movement and momentum is that the former has to do with the end of the journey or destination while the latter is still a journey, not a destination. In the olden days, people used to build monument in a person’s honour, especially after his or her death. But momentum is the strength or force that allows someone that is still on the race to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes. It is unconventional to build monument for yourself. It is other people who build it to honour you for the impact you have made in life or for good things you have contributed to your generation. As for momentum, to have impact in life, you need to keep increasing or developing in your natural talents of gifted areas of your life.
We can learn our lessons from the lives of the first two Kings Israel had as far as building monument or momentum for oneself is concerned. We see Saul, the first king, built monument for himself after the conquest of the Amalakites. Saul was after big name and fame. He gave himself the praise God did not give him. He thought he had arrived when he ought to continue to gain more grounds for God’s own people – Israelites. Eventually, Saul had not arrived his God’s given destination as he thought, because God quickly replaced him with David, the man who always gained momentum to expand the Kingdom of God for the sake of Israel (1 Sam. 25:28;2 Sam. 5-12). You begin to build monument for yourself when you begin to give yourself encomium or you are looking for people’s praise. You should not allow your past track records and present success to blindfold you not to forge ahead to greater height. Apostle Paul says, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Phi. 3:13).
1. I pray, oh Lord, give me capacity to rise above the spirit of complacency in life.
2. Lord, help me to gain more momentum as I move forward in my life journey.
3. Pray for our political leaders to learn how to develop their leadership skills instead of building monuments for themselves.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 28:11 – 29:31; Matthew 23:19 – 24:1