DAILY?READINGS: 2 Kings 10; Jeremiah 45-47; Hebrews 12:1-17
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments. 1 Corinthians 12:28
The word “governments” comes from a word that means “to steer; a helmsman”. This pictures what spiritual leaders do in the local church. They are to keep the ship in the channel, away from dangers. The Lord has appointed and gifted those who can do this. An assembly without “government” is like a ship without a helmsman. We should pray for those who guide the saints and allow them to steer us as guided by the Lord. And those who govern need to study the charts (the Word) and keep a sharp eye for dangers. —Carl Knott
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me, over life’s tempestuous sea,
Chart and compass come from Thee: Jesus, Saviour, pilot me.