with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
February 21
Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
Judges 5:23
Although we don’t know its exact location, Meroz was a city of Israel in the region of the battle that ensued between Israel and the Canaanite king, Jabin. The inhabitants of Meroz were cursed for their failure to get involved in the battle.

The same is still true. Cursed will be the man or woman who does not get involved in the battle, who does not get involved in service. You see, when we all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, those who didn’t get involved - who sat back day after week after month after year after decade, missing opportunities in their own communities to be part of God’s plan for the area - will weep. “Why did I waste my life?” they will cry. “What was I thinking? Why did I have time for this and that - but not to get involved in what God called me to do, in what He gave me the ability to do?”

God has things in store for us that are mind-blowing, gang, but this is the only opportunity we have to be able to be at the top or middle level - ruling ten or five cities. There will be many in Heaven who make it, “yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). They will be there, but they’ll have no rewards because they buried the personality, intellectual ability, musical skill, or finances God entrusted to them. As a result, they’ll curse themselves.

The way to be sad today is to not serve the Lord - to focus on your problems, your situation, your hurts, your needs, your life. Everything is discouraging when we live for ourselves. Instead of worrying about what shape you’re in emotionally, financially, or physically, forget about yourself and start serving others. Jesus said, “The measure you give out will be the measure returned to you” (see Matthew 7:2). Start serving others and I guarantee you’ll find yourself free from the curse of self-absorption today, and free from cursing yourself in the days to come.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.