Scripture Reading:Isaiah 56:10-11
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Reflections: God, through the mouth piece of Prophet Isaiah, took a swipe at the spiritual leaders of Israel. Among others, he called them dumb dogs who cannot bark and greedy dogs who can never have enough. A dumb dog does not provide warning about impending danger to the house hold. A greedy dog only thinks about food and just focuses on that, thereby forgetting about its core function as a watchdog. Clearly if your watchdog at home becomes dumb and greedy, your household will definitely be in danger. Armed robbers and other forms of enemies can have a field day as they access your compound. Such was the spiritual situation of Israel and God became angry with the spiritual leaders. These leaders were only interested in making money at church and living comfortably and failed to teach the truth and warn the people of consequences of unrighteousness. Due to this the people wallowed in moral depravity and fell prey to their enemies. Like Israel, you will find yourself in trouble if your pastor becomes a ‘Dumb and Greedy dog’! Pray for pastors today!
Prayer: Oh Lord, keep my pastor away from becoming dumb and greedy lest I find myself in danger.
Confession: God will keep my pastor away from becoming dumb and greedy. I will be kept on the path of righteousness all the time.