Devotional 1/13

This is what I observed to be good; that it it is appropriate for a person to eat and drink, and be satisfied in their toilsome labor under the sun (work), during the few days God has allotted for them- for this is their lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18

How could a person enjoy being awakened at 6 am by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force feed crap, defecate, pee, brush teeth, and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made money for some one else; and be asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so.
Charles Bukowski

King Solomon is known in the world to be a man of wisdom. History records the Egyptian queen of Sheba and king Solomon had an affair; and the bible tells that she was attracted to his wisdom. As we know the lands around Israel were at constant war against them. The God of Israel was known, and greatly feared. He was the king of Israel, built the temple of God and also prospered Israel greatly (financially). He wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a great book to read when life does not make sense. I have learned many things through this book, one of which is that God created us to work! This actually bring glory to God, because we have been created for God’s purpose and to show His glory to the world.

Nehemiah, is another leader in the scriptures, who had a DESIRE to rebuild the walls for his brothers and sisters of Israel. He prayed and fasted for God’s help: favor, direction and strategy. And God gave him favor with the king, where the king provided time off, resources, and finances for the mission in his heart. The desires in Nehemiah’s heart coincided with God’s will; are your dreams profitable for God’s will to come to pass? And God saw the intentions of his heart, and offered him the help he needed to carry out his plan. What caught my attention was that the king asked Nehemiah, for timing. The king wanted to know the length of time Nehemiah would need, to accomplish the task. He estimated in 52 days, but what he really did was set a goal: he formulated a plan, but God directed his steps. Nehemiah rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem in less than the time he approximated.

The reason why I bring these two men into remembrance, is because these men are historical figures who made an impact in their countries by their work! They made a life out of the time which was allotted to them. And even though they could have asked God for things self centered things, like wealth or fame, they sought God to be leaders. Leadership is a powerful title, although not many recognize its burden and call for diligence. Yet these men had intentions  beyond their “self”, and I believe God blessed them greatly because of it. I believe we were not created to simply work a 9-5, pay bills and die. But instead of feeding into the dread, I will take my behind to work until I can manage my own time and business. Yes, having a business is also work.

It says in the word of God, we were given time and work to do; we were created for more and to make an impact.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for your grace and mercy. For your love and forgiveness and your awesome strength when we are weak and broken. I pray for wisdom Lord, wisdom to make decisions, to speak and to act. I pray for the people reading, and ask that you bless us all with divine favor, acceleration of time and resistance against negativity and satanic assignments. May we rise above, set goals and walk into your prophetic preordained divine calendar in 2018. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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