Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th July 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17 July 2022 Written BY Dr. Russell L. Meek (Moody Theological Seminary)

 

TOPIC: WORK HARD

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 6:6–11

KEY VERSE: Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! PROVERBS 6:6

MESSAGE

In Idaho, the summer days are gloriously long, which may lull some people into thinking winter will never come. But locals will remind you that winter is never far away. Industrious residents prepare for the cold months ahead by chopping and stacking wood, cleaning the chimney, and making sure that their snowplows and snowblowers are working. When winter does come, they will be ready.

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Solomon illustrates the same principle in today’s reading by pointing to the ant as an example of industriousness. The ant doesn’t have a foreman to oversee its labor, yet it wisely prepares in the summer for what is coming in the winter (vv. 7–8). The ant makes the most of the opportunities to work, because it knows winter will soon come, and provisions will be scarce.

Solomon suggests it is easy to become indulgent with times of rest. “How long will you lie there, you sluggard?” (v. 9). It is easy for us to let things slip and the results could be devastating (v. 11).

While the ant is wise, working hard is not just a matter of wisdom; it’s also a matter of worship. Though speaking to slaves in the ancient Roman Empire, Paul’s words equally apply to us today: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” (Col. 3:23–24).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th July 2022

What’s more, Ecclesiastes lists work among the gifts God has provided for our own pleasure (Eccl. 5:18–20). How can we reflect the attitude described by Solomon as we undertake each task set before us today?

>> It is easy to view work as bad and the weekends or vacation as good. Today, whether you are stocking a shelf, configuring a spreadsheet or doing your laundry, consider how you can use your ordinary work, which is the bulk of our lives, to glorify God.

Pray with Us

When You created the universe, You worked for six days before resting. We are made in the image of a working God. Teach us to make our work an offering to You by fulfilling our responsibilities with diligence and integrity.

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Dr. Russell Meek teaches Old Testament and hermeneutics at Moody Theological Seminary. He is a columnist for Fathom magazine and writes widely for lay and academic audiences about all things Old Testament and its relationship to the Christian life. Russell, his wife, and their three sons live in north Idaho, where you’ll find them gardening, cooking, and exploring the wild.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th July 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my lif and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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