Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, May 1, 2020


Text: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” – Proverbs 14:23

Comment: Generally, promotion may be an employee’s reward for good performance. That is positive appraisal.  A promotion can involve advancement in terms of designation, salary and benefits, and in some organizations the type of job activities may change a great deal.  The opposite of promotion is demotion.

Mordecai was a dedicated, loyal and faithful servant of King Ahasuerus in the kingdom of Mede and Persia, who served as a keeper of the gate in the Palace of the King. (Esther 2:5-7, 21) When he was promoted, his status changed for good. (Esther 6:11;  8:15)  This was also the case with Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 45:8);  Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Babylon, and others – Daniel 2:48,49;  5:29;  3:30.

All honest industry has a good reward, and all care and pain borne for a good object bring comfort and contentment.  An adage says: “To him who labours all fair things belong” and “The stirring hand gets a penny”.  Industrious people are generally thriving people, and where there is something done there is something to be had.  It is good therefore to keep in action, and what our hand finds to do, to do it with all our might. (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  Talking without working will make men poor.  “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” – Ecclesiastes 5:3.

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