Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:21
Read: Proverbs 26:13-16
God reveals in Revelation 1:6 that if you are born again, you are a king with God. As such, you should be decked with your royal robe. But do you know that laziness strips the believer of this robe replacing it with rags? A king that is clothed in rags will be treated like a slave or mad fellow. How are you clothed today? Many people cry to God to prosper them but when God looks at them intending to answer them, He realises they have no capacity to contain His blessings. Do you know that to prosper, you require hard work? To sustain it, you may require a higher level hard work. Hence, Proverbs 22:29 says:
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
If you fail to work hard when you are young, you will be compelled to work hard when you are old.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Lamentation 3:27
One of my teachers – a philosopher told us a story sometime in 1952 or 1953. He said everyone coming into the world comes with a pillow of suffering and until the pillow is worn out, you won’t die. Some will engage their pillow very early in life, struggle and work hard so that before middle age, the pillow is worn out leaving them to spend the rest part of their lives in pleasure. But others will hide theirs in the ceiling without working until they are old; and since they cannot die without getting the pillow worn, they will fetch it from the ceiling and start to work at old age. When you see an old man working as a gate keeper selling fire wood or pushing a truck, it is likely because he hid his pillow while a youth. Hebrews 11: says God rewards the diligent seeker. While some people who started working hard early in life are retiring at 40 or 45 years, others are just starting work at 60. Are you young? Engage your hands in something profitable and don’t be idle. Only ensure that it is something legitimate and God-glorifying. Don’t fold your hands! If there is no job, you can create one for yourself. Ask God for inspiration.
If you will not work until you get your dream job, you are very lazy and operating outside of faith. But if you excel in little jobs, they will pave way for the dream job to come.
Bible in one year: Ezra 1-4