“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29 (KJV)
Grace is not an excuse for laziness. You can receive an opportunity by grace, but it is diligence that sustains it. The gift or talent that you have will never yield any meaningful fruit until you apply diligence to it. Diligence is an intentional character of working persistently towards a goal while relying on God for a full accomplishment. Diligence works at every level of responsibility. David was a shepherd who was diligent in his dealings. In fact, when Samuel came to anoint him, he was busy doing his business in the field. God had seen that his heart was right (1 Samuel 16:7), so God made him ruler over Israel. If you cannot show diligence in little things, God cannot trust you with bigger things. You may have some goals that you want to achieve this year, or some opportunities that you want to maximize. Add diligence to your toolkit. Pray in diligence. Study the Word in diligence. Obey in diligence. Work in diligence. By doing this, you are inviting the hand of God to prosper your ways.
BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13
PRAYER: Please God, help me to apply diligence to every aspect of my life; so that I may fulfill purpose and live a life of prosperity. In Jesus’ name. Amen
“Ìwọ ha rí ènìyàn tí ó ń fi àìṣe ìmẹ́lẹ́ ṣe iṣẹ́ rẹ̀? Òun yóò dúró níwájú àwọn ọba; òun kì yóò dúró níwájú àwọn ènìyàn lásán.” Iwe Owe 22:29
Ore-ofe Olorun kii se awawi fun ìmẹ́lẹ́. O le ri anfani gba nipa ore-ofe, sugbon àìṣemẹ́lẹ́ ni yio muu duro. Ebun ti o ni ko le so èso to ni itumo bikose nipa àìṣemẹ́lẹ́. Àìṣemẹ́lẹ́ tumo si síse ise lai rewesi, ti o si fi iyoku le Oluwa lowo lati yanju re. Iwa yi je oun ti o wulo nibi gbogbo. Dafidi je oluso aguntan ti ko se ìmẹ́lẹ́ ninu ise re. Koda, nigbati Samueli wá lati fi ororo yàán, o wà ni idi ise re. Olorun rii wipe okan re se deedee, O si fi se Oba lori Isreli. Ti o ba se ìmẹ́lẹ́ ninu ohun kekere, Olorun ko le fi ohun to tobi si abe akoso re.Boya o ni awon àfojúsùn kan fun odun yii, tabi o fe ki awon anfani kan gbèrú sii. Fi iwa àìṣemẹ́lẹ́ kun iwa re. Mase se ìmẹ́lẹ́ ninu adura, tabi ninu kika Bibeli, tabi ninu igboran. Nipa eyi, iwo n fa owo Olorun lati mu o níitesiwaju rere ni gbogbo ona re.
BIBELI KIKA: Samueli Kinni 16: 1-13
ADURA: Jowo Oluwa, ran mi lowo lati ni iwa aisemele nigbogbo ona aye mi; ki emi le mu ipinnu Re se, ki n si gbe igbe aye itesiwaju ni oruko Jesu. Amin.