Topic: The Spell of Idleness [Seeds of Destiny 20 August 2018 Daily Devotional]

Scripture: Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. Proverbs 19:15

Thought For The Day: When you refuse to do what you are meant to do, you would do what you are not meant to do.

Idleness is laziness or indolence. It is a state of inaction or inactivity. It refers to a state of being lazy, indolent or inactive. The Scripture makes it clear that indolence, idleness or laziness is a killer of destiny (Proverbs 19:15).

The First Book of Samuel Chapter Eleven gave us an account of David, the king of Israel who tarried at home when kings were meant to go to battle. Thereafter, he was walking on the roof of his house and saw Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah who was bathing; he sent for her and committed adultery with her, and later got her husband killed in battle. What a tragedy!

Idleness is the doorway to unrighteousness. There are young people who have joined gangs of armed robbery or cult groups because of idleness. When you refuse to do what you are meant to do, you would do what you are not meant to do. Idleness brought about some tragic events in the life of David.

Another person that was a victim of laziness and indolence was Reuben, the first born of Jacob who slept with his father’s concubine. Later in the history God’s people, when Deborah led the people of Israel to battle, she called on the tribe of Reuben in Judges 5:15, 16, but the Reubenites were relaxed and undecided due to lack of agility and a sense of responsibility. Their forefather, Reuben transferred generational irrelevance and irresponsibility to them through idleness and iniquity.

The lack of responsibility and the inability to move fast on the part of Reuben was the reason why he, as the eldest son, could not save Joseph but allowed Joseph to be sold into slavery. As the firstborn, when his younger brothers suggested that Joseph should be killed, he should have insisted that Joseph should not be killed. He did not take responsibility, and as a result, Joseph was sold into slavery under his watch.

The tribe of Judah produced the kings; Levi produced the priests, but what about Reuben the first born? He is nowhere to be found due to laziness and lack of responsibility.

My counsel is, cast out the spell of laziness from your life; be responsible; be actively engaged in doing something remarkable.

Remember: When you refuse to do what you are meant to do, you would do what you are not meant to do.

1. Reject the lifestyle of irresponsibility and idleness.
2. Accept responsibility.

Prayer: O Lord, deliver me from the spell of idleness and irresponsibility. I receive the grace to accept responsibility, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.


Daily Bible Reading: Esther 8:1 to 10:3, 1 Corinthians 12:27 to 13:13, Psalm 37:1 to 11, Proverbs 21:23 to 24

Amazing Fact: Peregrine falcon is the fastest bird in the world.

Today In History: 20/08/1741 – Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.

Quote: Your stability in life is by the acceptance of responsibility. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche.

Also Read: Seeds of Destiny by Pastor Paul Enenche

Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities

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