May 18, 2020 – Hand Up, Or Hand Out?

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Hand Up, Or Hand Out?

May 18, 2020


Proverbs 12:21-24 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.


     When I was a young boy, I would hear people say things like, “If you want to, you can grow up to be the President of the United States.” Others said, “If you work hard, and keep your nose clean, you can do, or be anything you want.” At the time, I really did not understand what my nose had to do with it, but I had seen some powerful people wipe their nose on TV, so I guessed it was true.

     After I grew up a bit, I came to understand what they were saying was the same thing God’s Word has said all along. If you‘re diligent, and work hard, you can succeed in life. If you are lazy, always looking for a handout, and you think the world owes you something; you will always be under tribute, or be owing to someone.

     Often I find that those who live by the rule or idea of always looking for someone else to take care of them, will also eventually lose everything they thought they owned. The truth of the matter is, we all must understand, God owns everything. We are simply stewards of His good will toward us.

     Everything we do, the Bible says, we should do as unto the Lord. Therefore, if we work hard for the Lord, it’s the Lord who supplies our every need.


     God never asks us to do more than we can do. However, He always expects us to do ALL that we can do. What can you do for the Lord today? Thank Him for this opportunity to be something for Him.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 18, 2020

  2 Chronicles 1 – 6     /     Proverbs 12:21-24

 1 Kings 9-101    /    John 6:1-33

The Scofield Study Bible  - Gen. Lea. Black

Living In His Word Ministries
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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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