OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR OCTOBER 25, 2023 (NO ROOM FOR LAZINESS I)
TOPIC : NO ROOM FOR LAZINESS I
MEMORISE: Proverbs 26:15
A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
READ: Proverbs 6:4-11
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Proverbs 23:21 says: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. If you are lazy, you would end up being clothed with rags. Some people don’t want to work hard; they just want to get rich overnight. It is not going to happen. Proverbs 19:15 says clearly: “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”
The word of God is settled; if you are lazy, you will suffer hunger. With all humility, I know many who came out into fulltime ministry around the same time I did. Today when we meet after several years, they look at me and say, “Ah, God has been faithful to you”. I say, “No doubt about that, He has been faithful.” However, I always add very politely, “Nobody can accuse me of laziness”. If you say I am a lazy man, I will look at you closely and say,
“You must be related to the devil”. Someone said, “You just finished the Holy Ghost Congress – a whole week of activities. And before the Congress, you spent weeks fasting and praying say. In preparation, you even inspect everything, including the toilets. You then finish the congress, and a few days later, you you are going a-fishing. Why not sit at home and tell your children to go and do the work?”. I said, “Thank you. As long as God gives me strength, I will be occupied for Him ”.
The word of God is clear; if you are lazy, you can’t expect His blessings. You have to learn to be diligent. Proverbs 12:24 says: “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule:but the slothful shall be under tribute.” Do you know what the above passage means? It means that if you are lazy, other people will rule over you in every sphere of life. If that is not what you want, then you must give no room to laziness in your life. Only those who are diligent will rise to the level of ruling others; those who refuse to be diligent are mean men who will be ruled and controlled by the diligent.
Proverbs 22:29 says, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men”. S ome people take the work of Christ as an excuse for being lazy. They think that because of God’s many promises, they can relax and not work. That is a big lie. Even Paul – the Apostle of grace, worked (1 Corinthians 4:12). Anointed as he was, he laboured with his own hands. Students who refuse to study but say: “It is written; the Holy Spirit will remind us” should note that He would only remind them of what they have studied.
If you don’t study, what would He remind you of? The youths in our Churches and nations must stop looking for quick money and work diligently. You have the internet and many things that have made your work easier.
Those who work hard never beg. They become strong, wealthy and very great. Don’t spend all your time on social media or watching television. The people you are watching are working hard to make something of themselves.
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