MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY:1 John 4-5; Night: Ezk 19-20
THEME: BE DILIGENT
TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 11: 1 – 6
HYMN: EMHB (Suppl.) 150-To the work we are servants of God
Diligence entails hard work, not giving chance for idleness or frivolities. There are many things for man to do on earth to bring glory to God who created him in His image. God has deposited potentials in man and man has no reason to complain of poverty because God has shown him what is good and what He requires from us.
King Solomon, believed to be the writer of Ecclesiastes, calls us to invest our energy in profitable ventures. He enjoins us to always look for opportunities to expand our economic coast. It is this that will bring glory to God through us. In making success in life one has to do away with the comfort of leisure, sleep for many hours, and prepare to take risks. The Bible says that whoever loves pleasure cannot prosper. A diligent person never quits even in the midst of difficulties. If he/she fails, he/she sees failure as an avenue to re-strategize. A diligent person is not boastful of his/her achievement, rather, he/she helps to develop others to achieve greater feats. A diligent person does not toy with ‘maybes’ or’ might have been.’ The person starts where he/she can and recognizes that he/she is limited in knowledge. A diligent person takes responsibility and gives no room for excuses or shifting to blame. A diligent person works not by circumstances and excuses which others give around him. He rather considers others’ excuses as an avenue to explore new business.
There cannot be a better time to be diligent than now. In the midst of economic depression creativity is key to weather the storm. Economic depression has been with man for ages. What has always been saving man is an attitude of putting on the potential which God has given the individual to use. Therefore, enough of complaining. Be diligent through creativity. People who are creative always have an edge over others. Stop focusing on the circumstances around you, engage your mind and hands in profitable ventures. The Bible says, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap” (Ecc. 11: 4). The reward of diligence first comes to the person. Be diligent.
MEMORY VERSE: Eccl. 11:6. “In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that or whether both alike will be good.”
PRAYER: Father, who knows and creates everything, pour Your spirit of creativity and diligence on believers, even me, to excel in life through Jesus Christ my Redeemer. Amen.