Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 04, 2017

Scripture:

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NASB) The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

Observation:

He was rushing to get it done; I was taking my time. We were both hired on a trial basis the same day. We were given tasks to perform for the day, and at the end of the shift, the manager was to come by and check our work. Throughout the day, the man hired alongside me kept coming by and telling me how many he had done, while I was slowly getting my work done. At the end of the day, when the manager came by, the man told him how many he finished, while I let my work speak for itself. Today's verse talks about the end of the matter is better than its beginning and having patience of spirit is better than the haughtiness of spirit. As the manager began to inspect the work we both had done that day, he called us in the office and asked us about what we accomplished. We each said what we had done that day, and it was then that the manager said that he was only keeping one of us for the opening he had. I was blessed to get the job. When I asked, “Why me?” His simple reply was that my work, although not as many, was done correctly where the other man had rushed and left parts missing. My dad taught me long ago, it's better to do things slowly and correct than to rush and do them again later. Patience is a virtue, something I never forgot. So, take your time and do it right, finish strong, and let your work speak for yourself! 

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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