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“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. - Psalms 27:4, 5.

Comment:

We should determine to serve God all the days of our lives, even in lowly conditions. The Gibeonites knew that only God Almighty had the power to give life and were determined to abide by the conditions for which they will get life, even if it meant being hewers of wood and drawers of water. All of them kept to the terms, no matter whether they were previously rich or poor, priest or king, prince or princess. Those who want to serve God must put their worldly status, education and material attainments aside and serve Him quietly and obediently, as the Gibeonites did. (1 Thessalonians 4:11) David the prophet declared: “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness‚Ķ.” - Psalm 84:10-12.

We should also recall that our Lord Jesus Christ stated “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25) The picture is drawn from the small gate in Jerusalem where the cargo on camels must be offloaded and the camel made to stoop to be able to pass. The rich must shed the glories of the world and humble themselves before they can serve God acceptably.¬† St. Paul says, “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” - Romans 12:16.

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