Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Elisha said to her, “What can I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” She answered, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a small jar of olive oil.” He said, “Go and ask all your neighbors for empty containers. Get as many as you can. 2 Kings 4:2-3 (NET).
Thought of The Day : A little investment in line with the will of God can become an ocean of blessings over time.
LISTEN : Begin small and grow big. As a matter of fact, great things are products of small things. Yes, God blesses little resources that are wisely utilised to the glory of His name. When we claim to have nothing just because we have little, we should know that, God can turn our little into an ocean of resources when we walk by faith. Faith in God does not encourage laziness but industry and diligence. God doesn’t favour laziness, He favours diligent hard work. Yes, He honours sacrifice and self-discipline. The truth is, the wise don’t laze around and wait for God’s favour. They don’t wait and expect God to do in miracle what He has given man to do in principle. My dear, God won’t waste His resources. He knows those who are ready for His blessings. Sometimes, the favour you need from God is to do something and wait for His blessings to locate your labour. God will bless nothing if you do nothing (Deuteronomy 28:12). He wants you to get down to business and do something with your life no matter how small. Nothing is too small for God to bless. The widow in today’s Bible text was extremely poor and greatly indebted financially, and about to lose her sons to creditors as slaves. When she cried to God’s anointed servant, Elisha, he asked her, “What do you have in your house?” She replied,
“Your servant has nothing in the house except a small jar of olive oil.”
2 Kings 4:2
And Elisha commanded her to use the little oil to attract the favour of God (2 Kings 4:3-7). She obeyed God’s servant and used her little oil to receive her miracle. In the same way, if we must receive favours we should be prepared for it. Beloved, position yourself for favour to attract favour. Remember, some favours won’t come to you unless you have the capacity to receive them. So, no matter how little your resources are, apply them to good use and wait for the blessing of God. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never laze around and wait for God’s blessings, instead, work and wait for Him to bless your labour.
2. Don’t encourage laziness. Instead, motivate others to be diligent in their endeavours.
3. Learn to prepare for favour by increasing your capacity before it finally comes to you.
4. Never look down on what you have, rather, employ it to a good use and wait for the blessings of God.
Prayer : Precious Father, I know that favour comes from you. Therefore, help me to do what I must do as I wait for your blessings, amen.
A Word Of Blessing: It is well with you. May divine favour and promotion locate you today and forever, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Reflection : God does not favour laziness, He favours diligent hard work; hence, He will bless nothing if you do nothing.
Quote : “Great things are products of small things. And God blesses little resources that are wisely utilised to the glory of His name.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Joseph of Arimathaea was also a follower of Jesus Christ? (John 19:38).
Stunning Fact : Did you know the most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depression?
Bible Quiz : How old was Jesus Christ when he began his ministry?
God bless you!