DCLM Daily Manna Wednesday, July 6, 2022 


TOPIC:  Mastering Your Circumstances


 “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread”

(PROVERBS 20:4, 13).

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There is a two-way relationship between God and man reflecting the quintessential love of the Creator towards human beings. The deal sees Him put in place, an environment fit for habitation. Around man, there are rich and limitless resources to exploit for his good. The Lord has also kitted man with vast intelligence to apply in benefiting from this abundance. God requires that as He has played His part in providing these essentials, man must complete the equation by “dressing the garden and keeping it”.

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King Solomon’s take suggests that it is dangerous and disastrous to be complacent about God’s endowments. Man must not use his God-given wealth to engage in drunkenness. This calls for temperance that should also apply to how he honours constituted authority, family and neighbours. In the perfect environment provided by his Creator, man is not expected to give himself to undue control by the weather that may lead to too much sleep and poverty.

In God’s order, it is abomination to do fraudulent business, because it is not compatible with the lifestyle of the Lord’s saints. Solomon says the Lord is also seeking parents who will pass on the virtue of integrity to their offspring. There is need, likewise, for judges who will deliver the just from the oppression of the wicked.

While the Lord has given man all he requires to succeed, He expects him to take maximum advantage of the grace at his disposal to be disciplined in the use of his wealth, time, skills, liberty, education, etc. Those who surrender to Jesus as Lord and Saviour must, in turn, surrender all these for God’s use and the advancement of His Kingdom.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Partnership with heaven is sacrificial stewardship.