Day Is For Opportunity, Night Is For Sleep

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"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;" (Romans 12:10-11).

One of my uncles, a successful entrepreneur, made it a practice to arise at 2 am every morning. He spent an hour planning and thinking about his business and how he could beat his competition. He taught me that it was to my advantage to work while competitors slept.

The same lesson was taught by my grandfathers who considered it a sin to stay in bed and sleep through sunrise. Daylight was for work and enjoying God's creation. Nighttime was for rest. He knew that the way you approached your day will determine how successful you are in life. Those that drag themselves out of bed approach life with dread. Those that get up early in the morning, look to the day for opportunity and God's revelation.

God loves work. He loves for His children to apply their minds and hands to the challenges of the day. Those that do will reap great rewards. Those that do not will live troublesome lives. "Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going." (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Proverbs 6 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 6:9-11 "(9) How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? (10) A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest - (11) And your poverty will come in like a vagabond, And your need like an armed man."

Psalm 22:19-21 (Theme: From Perplexity To Praise) "(19) But Thou, O Lord, be not far off; O Thou my help, hasten to my assistance. (20) Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog. (21) Save me from the lion's mouth; and from the horns of the wild oxen Thou dost answer me."

Today's question. Jesus' last cry?

Psalm 22 is a prophecy of Jesus crucifixion. The dog mentioned in the verse above refers to Satan who was defeated on the cross. His last cry was to commit His spirit to the sacrifice for all men, women and children

"And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first born." (Zechariah 12:10).

Jesus through His mother Mary (and earthly father Joseph) was a descendent of David. Jesus was also the first-born which is why Mary had to have been a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit as a complete man with body, soul and spirit. Jesus is referred to as the second Adam because Adam was also complete as God created him before he sinned.

"And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit. And having said this, He breathed His last." (Luke 23:46).

Dear God, As my grandfathers and father enjoyed the work of the day, so too I enjoy the work thou hast given me today. I can look forward to tomorrows, not because of my plans and my work, but because of what Jesus did in bringing me into His kingdom. The kingdom of God...O how glad I am to be in it. Praise be to God. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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