Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Author: Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And though your start was small, your end will be very great. Job 8 : 7
LISTEN: A small beginning does not mean a small ending. Hence, to despise a small beginning is to despise greatness. People often forfeit their potential success because they despised a small beginning. When God is involved, certainly a small beginning will turn into a great ending. Where God is involved, nothing is too small to attract the blessing. The blessing of God turns small things into great things; as his curse will turn great things to small things or nothing. The widow who had an encounter with Prophet Elisha, thought she had nothing in her house when she had just a bottle of oil, but her abundance came out from that her little possession. (2 Kings 4 : 1 – 6).
Beloved, success is guaranteed when we faithfully follow God. The bible says, ” Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14 : 34). Uprightness is a key to true exaltation. Where sin is the foundation of a people or person, true success cannot survive. Sin brings reproach or cause for shame. No doubt, people measure success by wealth and physical achievements, but God measure success by our faithfulness to him. Joseph was a slave boy in Egypt but the bible recorded that he was successful in his master’s house. Are you surprised about that? (Genesis 39 : 1 – 3).
Beloved, faithfulness to God is the doorway to true success. Joseph was faithful to God as a slave and God promoted him and gave him an exalted position in Egypt. God cannot fail those who refuses to fail him. In the midst of Job’s temptation and tragedy, three of his friends visited him and spoke words that pierced his heart like an arrow. They alleged that his tragedy was as a result of his wickedness. However, they still recognised that righteousness can turn a small beginning to a great ending when Bildad the Shuhite said, ” And though your start was small, your end will be very great.” (Job 8 :7).
Thankfully, irrespective of their accusations, Job was faithful to God, therefore, God exalted him and made his latter days better than the former. The bible says, ” So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.” (Job 42 : 12 – 17). Beloved, better days are ahead of you. Remember, a small start does not mean a poor end.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not despise your small beginning, for your greatness could be hidden in it.
2. Do not allow your critics to prevail over you, instead shut them up by your faith.
3. Do not be discourage by your present predicament, rather look at the future and invest in it.
4 Determine to remain faithful to God for he will not forsake you.
Daily Task: Do not compromise on your faithfulness, for God cannot fail those who refuses to fail him.
Daily Reflection: Faithfulness to God is the doorway to true success; for where God is involved, nothing is too small to attract the blessing.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that true success and greatness comes from you, therefore, whatever my hands find to do, bless it abundantly in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God bless you with true greatness and success. You may have started small, but you will end great, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: A small beginning does not mean a small ending; hence, to despise a small beginning is to despise greatness.
Today In History: April 2, 1963 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King begins the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, Alabama