The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 7 September 2020 – You Shall Eat The Labour Of Your Hands
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Topic: You Shall Eat The Labour Of Your Hands
Read: Psalm 128 (NKJV)
- A Song of Ascents. Blessed [is] every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.
- When you eat the labor of your hands, You [shall be] happy, and [it shall be] well with you.
- Your wife [shall be] like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table.
- Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD.
- The LORD bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life.
- Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace [be] upon Israel!
After accepting the sacrifice of Noah after the flood, God initiated a covenant with the universe that He would no longer destroy the earth with flood and that time of sowing and reaping would not cease. It is therefore an anomaly for anyone to sow and not reapor to labour and not to eat of it. The second verse of today’s reading reiterates God’s commitment to seeing that every man eats the fruit of his labour. Now, for one to eat the fruit of his labour would imply the following: First, that one is profitably engaged – doing something in good works and in daily labour. Secondly, that the blessing of the Lord rests upon the works one does. Third, one would eat of the fruits of his labour.
God has not willed any man to labour in vain. He has not even called the house of Israel to serve Him for nothing. The scripture puts it clearly that ‘Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labour’ (Ecclesiastes 2:24). But God has reserved this only for those who fear Him. Do you fear God? Then be sure that you will not labour in vain. Hence, do not be weary in well-doing, because in due course, you will be rewarded.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, put Your fear in me, bless the work of my hands and enable me to eat of the fruit of my labour.