Let the Change Begin With You

Daily Devotional

Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

Change is never comfortable; it is not supposed to be. If it was, everybody would do it. But, as uncomfortable as it is, it is also necessary. When we dream of changing the world, we often forget that in order to change the billions out there, we must first change ourselves. That is where it’s supposed to start. We must believe in ourselves. The world may or may not follow but in our hearts, we know we took the leap and made the journey and reached where we planned to.  

You cannot keep doing things the same way and expect things to change. Expect change when YOU change.  This principle was evidently demonstrated when Elijah took the Children of Israel up to Mount Carmel following three and a half years of famine in 1 Kings 18. In response to Elijah successfully calling down fire from heaven, the Children of Israel changed;  they restarted worshipping the true God and slew the prophets of Baal. Flowing from this, immediately their life circumstances changed, that same day they experienced an abundance of rain.  Change will come quickly, when you choose to change.

Proverbs 21:25 echoes the same sentiment. It suggests that a slothful man will earnestly desire to see change, but it will not come because he refuses to change. Do not be like the slothful man; you can only see change if you are willing to do what it takes to get it. In the same way that the Children of Israel had to slew the prophets of Baal, for you some things may have to die for others to live. Be willing to do whatever it takes to create the change you want.

Life Application: Identify 7 new habits that you must adopt to create the change that you want.

Prayer: Dear Lord, it is always easier to point the finger outward at someone else than it is to point it at myself. However, there are so many aspects of me that need to change. Change my heart Oh God, make it ever new. Change my heart Oh God, my I be like you. In Jesus name, amen.

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