Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now listen to me, I will give you advice, and may God be with you. Exodus 18 : 19a
LISTEN: Beloved, do you know that you can learn from others and be successful irrespective of who they are? Do you also know that God can speak to you through wise counsel from others? Truly, no one can achieve success where wise counsel is neglected and despised. The wise-hearted will seek and apply right counsel, but the foolish will detest and ignore it. True wisdom comes from God, and He gives it to anyone He wants to. God created and blessed us individually, hence no one has monopoly of knowledge and wisdom. However, to be truly wise and successful we must listen to what others have to say in a given situation and apply them if proven to work in such situation. Sadly, fools will not seek counsel before executing their plans, as a result are bound to suffer losses. They believe that their ideas are enough for them, hence they always fail woefully.
Beloved, to benefit from others you should recognise God’s grace upon their lives like Prophet Moses in our verse of the day. Moses was a humble and listening leader. When his father in-law Jethro, visited him in the wilderness to see how he was fairing with God’s work with the Israelites, and there observed his daily activities and discovered that if Moses was not properly guided, he will end up not fulfilling his divine purpose; because he was doing the work without proper counsel on how to achieve success. Therefore, before returning to his land, his father in- law advised him on how to go about his God-given assignment in order to be truly successful and safe as well. He said, “What you are doing is not good…this work is more than you can handle alone…choose men that fear God among the people,… give them God’s law and teach them what to do…let them judge themselves and bring the bigger matters to you…in this way, it will be less hard for you, and they will take the weight off you…So Moses took note of the words of his father-in-law, and did as he had said.” (Exodus 18 : 17 – 24). Like Moses, we should learn to listen to wise counsel from others no matter what. Beloved, do not be too big to listen or learn from others. To be too big to take wise counsels is to be too big for success. He who rejects wise counsel has equally rejected success. Remember, you can be successful if you can learn from others.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Never be too big to learn or take wise counsels from others.
2. Learn to delegate to others what should be delegated so you do not wear out yourself.
3. No matter how spiritual, learned, or wise you might be, you can still learn from others.
4. Never look down on anyone, because your key to success might be lying with such person(s).
Daily Task: Be prepared to learn something new everyday. Examine what you have learned and make use of what could be useful to you.
Daily Reflection: He that is too big to take wise counsels from others is equally too big for success. He who rejects wise counsel has equally rejected success.
Daily Prayer: Almighty Father, grant me the ability to be humble. Help me to not feel too big to listen and learn, but to readily learn and listen to wise counsels from others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may God baptise you with the spirit of humility to listen, learn, grow and succeed in your pursuits in life, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: He who is truly humble to learn from anyone and anything can achieve anything.
Today In History: July 26, 1847. Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state.