Friday, January 6, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.- Proverbs 20:13
LISTEN: A life without moderation and wisdom will end in tragedy. Moderation is needed in everything you do. Moderation is avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits. It also means to be calm and temperate. Beloved, it is good to avoid extreme in whatever you do except in your service to God. If you fail to maintain reasonable limits in your life, you will end up being a victim of circumstances.
Moderate living is a product of wisdom. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. In other words, if knowledge acquired is judiciously applied, it then becomes wisdom. Besides, wisdom is the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand. It is equally knowledge of what is proper or reasonable and good sense or judgment. It is the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships. It is insight and a wise attitude, belief, or course of action. Wisdom is key to success in life – marriage, career, business, academic, finances, relationship, etc. (Proverbs 4 : 7).
Without wisdom, life will begin and end in misery. Without wisdom, life will end in shame and tragedy. Without wisdom, calamity will be inevitable. Without wisdom, life will be full of regrets, as poverty will be inevitable too. Beloved, wisdom can cause you to escape the sting of poverty. That is, wise and purposeful actions can get you out of what you may have suffered in the past years.
You must learn to do the right thing and to be moderate in your lifestyle. Our verse of the day addresses the issue of immoderate sleep. The bible says, ” Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.” The NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION puts it this way, ” Do not love sleep, lest you become impoverished; open your eyes so that you might be satisfied with food.” (Proverbs 20:13). This bible verse is a guide to a successful life. He that must succeed in life must shun lazy lifestyle.
Immoderate sleep attitude is a sign of laziness and lack of diligence towards important matters. He who loves sleep will certainly end in disaster. When you sleep immoderately, that is, become inactive to any of your responsibilities – in marriage, home, career, business, academic, ministry, finances, etc, be sure to fail. Beware!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Endeavour to maintain reasonable limits in what you do. Always avoid extremes.
2. Determine to live wisely and save yourself from avoidable miseries and disasters.
3. Practise moderation. Do it over and over again until you have mastered it.
4. Never keep the company of lazy people, lest you be infected with their life of no defined purpose.
Daily Task: On a daily basis, learn to live in moderation. Do not allow anyone or anything to push you beyond reasonable limits. Take your stand and determine to live wisely.
Daily Reflection: He who gladly chooses laziness and immoderate sleep attitude as a hobby, has equally chosen failure, poverty, misery, shame and disaster as destiny.
Daily Prayer: Almighty Father, guide our actions and cause us to be moderate in our lifestyles, and to live wisely in all we do, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God release upon you the spirit of wisdom. May He fill you with insight into discovering your purpose and living it out, in Jesus’ name.