QUOTE OF THE DAY: “GOD NEVER REWARDS WASTED EFFORT,
HE REWARDS WISDOM STEPS”
Memory Verse: “If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!” Deuteronomy 32:29.
A life, in which anything goes, is a life in which nothing goes. One of the definitions of wisdom is having the discipline to prioritize and the ability to work towards a stated goal. One of the preliminary topics in Ordinary Level Economics is ‘Scale of preference’.
By this, I mean a list containing all your needs carefully arranged in order of priority. The issue of drawing scale of preference was informed by the fact that human needs will always outweigh the resources to meet them. Where priority is rightly set, the little resources will be judiciously and productively spent. The story is told of a lighthouse keeper on a rocky stretch of coastline who received a new supply of oil each month to keep the light burning.
Being close to the shore he had lots of guests: a woman from the village needed some oil to keep her family warm; a farmer requested some for his tractor; a mechanic wanted some to lubricate a wheel. All the requests seemed legitimate so the lighthouse keeper tried to please everybody. Before the month was over his oil was gone and the beacon went out.
[pullquote]Where priority is rightly set, the little resources will be judiciously and productively spent. [/pullquote]As a result, several ships were wrecked and lives were lost. When the authorities investigated, the man was very repentant. But to his excuses and pleading their reply was; ‘You were given oil for one purpose: To keep the light burning’. Jesus actually interpreted misplacement of priority on the part of the Pharisees and Scribes in Matthew 23:23 as hypocrisy, and pronounced woe on them.
When setting priority, the wisdom in it is the art of knowing what to overlook, because petty things steal too much of our time and we finish up living for the wrong reasons. If you react to every situation and say, ‘yes’ to every request, you will never succeed in what you are called to do.
The question is not, ‘will my calendar or diary be full, but ‘who will fill it’, and what will it be filled with?’ To know your life’s priorities, you must frequently pause and ask; ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’ (Acts 9:6). What is required of me that nobody else can do? Which of my choice will bring the greatest return? Be wise, prioritize! Have a fruitful day!
DIVINE INSTRUCTION FOR THE DAY:
TODAY, PRAY BETWEEN 11:45PM TO 12:15AM, STEP INTO THE NEW MONTH IN PRAYERS.
- Give me the insights required for setting priorities.
- Make me a prudent and good manager of resources; grant me a sense of accountability.
- Trust me with resources; I will be faithful and judicious in spending it in Jesus name.
- From today, let my words said, my decisions taken, and my steps be ordered in godly wisdom.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 23:1-34.
Read the Bible through in one year: Exodus Chapters 1 – 4.
Remember to further prophesy on yourself!