Ps Felix Chilenga Chalabesa
“And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families: and the border of their inheritance was unto Sarid” (JOSHUA 19:10).
As God delivered the final fulfilment of His promise to Abraham, namely to give his descendants the vast land of Canaan, He also ensured a rancour-free division of the territory among the tribes of Israel. But He exhorted His people not to allow a cohabitation with the inhabitants of the cities they were displacing. He told them not to absorb their culture, religion and general way of life, as that would turn them into spiritual captives.
The tribe of Zebulun, Jacob’s tenth son, ignored this divine admonition and suffered dearly for it. Their land had twelve cities, including our Lord’s birthplace, Bethlehem. It also stretched to the banks of the Jordan River, making the territory fertile, arable and conducive to prosperous economic enterprise. But as they thrived, the descendants of Zebulun ignored the injunctions of God and became idolatrous.
It is impossible to have all-round success when one shuns God’s word. Material prosperity may set in. But it will be shortlived, given the absence of the will of God in the equation. The Bible says, it is His presence that gives “fulness of joy” with “pleasures for evermore”.
As we go out today, we need to reflect on the plans we have rolled out. Have our objectives, the means to achieve them and our programmes been weighed in the balance of God’s word? If we are sincere in turning over our outing into the hands of the Lord, He will guide us so that we will not fall into the deadly traps of friendship with the world.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Present your outing today for heaven’s approval.