Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Read: 1 Samuel 25:2-39

MEMORISE: People shall be brought down, each man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled. (Isaiah 5:15)

Isaiah 5:15a is rendered _"And the mean man shall be brought down"_, in the King James Version. People in the NKJV, is the mean in the KJV. 'Mean' has a variety of meanings, depending on the context of situatuion. It could mean the middle way or medium term of proportion. Also, it could be termed to be an expression of intention. On the other hand, it could denote maliciousness, unkindness, cruelty, etc. Mean, in the context of our Living Water dose for today, is referring to the ordinary, obscure and unkind.

Who is a mean man? A mean man is someone who has no chance in his heart for godly wisdom; he is simple, i.e. foolish about the things of the Spirit of God. He is wicked, unkind and ungodly *(Daniel 3:19-21)*. It is difficult for a mean person to get along with other people. He can be so self-centred, pessimistic, insecure and suspicious.

The text today reveals the character deficiency in Nabal and shows how such misdemeanour eventually caused him his life. Nabal's cup of wrongdoing actually ran over, the day he abused the anointed of God, David. God killed him after He had used his wife, Abigail, to prevent David from shedding his guilty blood.

As against the benevolent Boaz, Nabal was a cruel, unloving, wicked, self-seeking, unfriendly, selfish man. No one who is mean can get away with it. It should be recalled that there were quite a number of people in the Bible that God had to deal with for their wickedness. You can't be mean and be meaningful. Carry out personal character appraisal today to know who you are. Take cognisance of what people see and say about you, compared with God's assessment of you. Don't be mean!

*1.* Lord, possess me with the Spirit of grace and benevolence.
*2.* I refuse to be mean, miserly and unloving, in Jesus' name.
*3.* Lord, destroy the spirit of hostility, intolerance and hatred amidst the different peoples in our land.

*EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:* Genesis 37 - 38 & Matthew 18

Remain Blessed!