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Labour in the Land

by Kayode Adewuyi

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Read: Genesis 26:1-14

Isaac, Abraham’s promised son, had obviously had it in mind to move in the direction of Egypt, due to the famine that was ravaging the land of promise, at that time (Genesis 26:1,2). God, the Omniscient God, graciously accosted him to stop him from going down the drain. It is dangerous to seek the so called ‘greener pasture’ abroad without the consent of God (Proverbs 14:12).

The first step to success on the part of Isaac is that he obeyed God’s instruction and warning: he stayed in Gerar, despite that he faced God’s directives in the land (vv. 6-11). He obeyed God like his father, Abraham, did (vv. 4,5).

Moreover, Isaac didn’t just stay in the land doing nothing. For anyone to be successful/prosperous in life, diligence is a MUST (Proverbs 12:24,27; 15:19; 18:9; 21:25; 22:29). Then Isaac sowed in that land *(Genesis 26:12)*d. Isaac laboured; he worked; he wasn’t folding his hands, expecting the blessings of the God who asked him to stay in Gerar to ‘fall from heaven.’ He obeyed, but was wise enough to read in between the lines that God didn’t want him to be idle while staying in the land. He was diligent.

Stop complaining about the prevalent situation in the nation. Some people know how best to talk about their perceived mountains than to talk to them (cf. Mark 11:22-24). Start doing something meaningful with your hands, with your heart and head in line with God’s directives and programme for you. God isn’t expecting you to be idle in this land. He does not bless nothing. His blessings come upon our labours (Deuteronomy 15:10; 16:15). As you stay in this land, with the conviction that God wants you to make it here, don’t be idle; labour in the land, and you shall reap afterwards.

Prayer Points

1. Lord, banish the vice of idleness in my life, in every respect, in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, direct me to know the right job to do, for me to prosper in this land, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, banish the spirit of laziness among our teeming youths, that lead them into social vices, including robbery, cultism, thuggery, etc.

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