Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. - Genesis 26:12

Whilst being hardworking may not necessarily translate to a life of success, the fact remains that diligence is the best alternative to a life of slothfulness. The lazy has nothing to rake in at the time of harvest. Slothfulness of the lazy opens him wide to vices, immorality and dissolution. Because he despises labour, his hands are never full nor filled with goodness to cater to the needs of his soul. On the contrary, the industrious man who takes delight in working away and not wasting away his time, is capable of prospering and enriching his mind. It is often said that an idle mind is the devil's workshop. If your mind is not actively and productively engaged to spur you towards the pursuit of excellence, it will most likely become the center of immoral and counterproductive thoughts. The mind is made rich to the extent that a man is industrious to feast his eyes on enriching and illuminating information, that is capable of advancing his intellectual capability. When a student's mind is constantly being enriched with value-adding information , he is certainly on the road to discovery and to becoming a mine of information. Whilst the slothful, who has nothing to offer, makes the most noise, the industrious is preferred because he is loaded with insight to share.

A man who demonstrates industry and agility is not prone to begging before he can get some meals under his belt. Being that he doesn't allow his belt to slack up, he jumps at opportunities and takes responsibility for his sustenance. His diligence teaches him not to cut corners but to follow the straight and narrow, knowing full well that the blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow. Conversely, the lazy who has advanced into theft and immorality often rationalises his behaviour by laying the blame on circumstances, communities , custodians and companions who have turned their backs on him. What kept Isaac in the prosperity spotlight was his resolve to keep sowing away in spite of famine. He was very audacious and unrelenting even when circumstances appeared to be working against his desires. In the final analysis, he had enough to eat and to spare, because God blessed his obedience and diligence to work his way out of famine. So, it's indisputable that industry breeds the prosperity of the body.

It is also important to note that industry also breeds the prosperity of the spirit-man. A lazy Christian who fails to invest his time in waiting on the Lord would be considered lightweight in the sight of the devil. This is premised on his failure to build up his spirit-man in the strength and power of the Holy Ghost. If you are in the habit of placing God on the back burner, you cannot count on Him to become your backbone in the days of adversity. Never expect God to keep springing to your aid, if you don't make a practice of praising and appreciating His goodness. Whilst the diligent and fervent believer flourishes and becomes a formidable soldier that sends shivers down the spines of the devil, the lazy Christian who takes fellowship with God for granted is often left at the mercy of the devil. The closer a man gravitates towards God, the weaker the devil's power to upset God's plan for his life. The bible says that those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God (Ps. 92:13). If a man is planted and watered in God's house day in, day out, drawing refreshment daily from the wells of salvation and not drawing apart from it, his efforts will surely pay huge divine dividends. Hence, keep laziness and lukewarmness at arms length because both would water down the flame of your fellowship with God. Also wisely choose not to vegetate all day long before smartscreens that wouldn't help you to develop the divine steam to resist the devil till he flees. May you be prosperous as you resolve to be industrious in every worthy and enterprising pursuit you embark on in Jesus name.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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