Topic: Caution in Success
Scripture: Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. – Luke 10:20
Recommended Reading: Luke 10:17-20
David Jeremiah 6 April 2022 Daily Devotional MESSAGE
Jewish leadership often involved the number seventy. Seventy members of Jacob’s family went down to Egypt (Exodus 1:5). Moses appointed seventy elders to lead Israel (Exodus 24:9). Seventy men were anointed with the Holy Spirit to govern Israel in the wilderness (Numbers 11:25). And the Jewish ruling council—the Sanhedrin—was made up of seventy men.
It’s not surprising, then, that Jesus chose seventy disciples to train in the ministry, sending them out two by two. They had great success and returned to the Lord exuberant about all they had seen and done, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us” (Luke 10:17).
Jesus cautioned them against being too excited about their visible results. Sometimes we don’t see immediate fruitfulness or sudden results from our work. We’re to labor both in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2). If we’re too excited when things go well, we may become discouraged when they don’t.
But here is something in which we can always rejoice: Our names are written in heaven!
The Lamb’s Book of Life is the book of Jesus Christ in which are entered the names of those who have received His eternal life. Tim LaHaye
Read-Thru-the-Bible: 2 Samuel 17 – 19
David Jeremiah 6 April 2022 Daily Devotional Message. Turning Point God was founded in 1982 as the broadcast ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah to deliver the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world. David Jeremiah 6 April 2022 Daily Devotional