Open Heaven (December 17th)
Topic: PRINCIPLE OF SUCCESS E. A Adeboye
Memories: Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: Proverb 24:3
Read: Proverb 6:6-11
Proverbs 6:6-11 King James Version (KJV)
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Knowledge is considered to be powerful, because it is a major factor that controls the decision-making process and therefore ultimately determines the course of a person’s life. How much you know determines your ability to make the right decisions about a subject matter. Based on this, Proverb 1:29-31 says that those who despise or detest knowledge do so to their own peril. To this end, Hosea 4:6 says:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy Children.”
The wisdom you need in taking those crucial decisions is available to you in the written and spoken word of God. If you know more about God and his word, it will help you to make error-proof choice and decisions. God can choose to speak to you on the way to go through the bible or through prophetic utterances of genuine men and women of God. How much time did you set aside for studying the Bible? Some think it is waste of time to undertake personal Bible studies at night while others are sleeping. This is not so; you are actually gaining time by doing this. When you give priority to God’s work, you will realize that you spend far less time and effort in reaching your goal compared to those who don’t. That is why God told Joshua not to allow the Knowledge of His word elude him, so that he would achieve good success (Joshua 1:8).
Every Christian needs to know that dependence on worldly knowledge can lead to failure, but godly knowledge guarantees success. Biblical knowledge is a combination of scientific, philosophical, psychological and spiritual knowledge, and it is superior to any other kind of knowledge. However, the Knowledge of God’s is not enough; doing what it say is much more important. James 1:25 says:
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Today’s Bible reading establishes another principle of success that says there is wisdom in hard work and saving for the rainy day. Those who are lazy cannot amount anything. Also, those who are hardworking but eat both food and seed, especially their tithes and offerings, cannot walk in the realm of God’s covenant blessings. Apart from sowing seeds, you need to invest for the rainy day. Ants should not be wiser than men, but in His wisdom direct us to them today to obtain knowledge on the principle of success. May the Lord help us to be wiser in Jesus Name. Open Heaven Devotional(Opens in a new browser tab)
Open Heaven Hymnal: Sing Hymn 3
Prayer Point: Father, please endow me with wisdom from Your Spirit-illuminated word, so that I may gain wisdom for a successful Life.
Bible in one year: Psalm 144-150, Zechariah4:1-5:4