FRIDAY 1ST MAY, 2020 (WORKERS’ DAY)
THEME: Go Labour On
PASSAGE: Nehemiah 4:1-6
Every first day of May is known as “May Day” or “Labour Day” in some countries. The day is declared a work-free day in many countries where rallies are conducted, speeches made by governments, and promises given to improve on workers’ welfare. It is a day that is worth celebrating if we remember that God Himself, at the beginning of creation, worked six days nonstop and rested the seventh day.
Work is so important that even after God created all things and finally made man, He put man in the Garden of Eden to enjoy in it, as well as cultivating and taking care of it. He was to be the keeper (Gen 2:15).
We all know that if no work was done on the land, it would grow weeds and the plants won’t bear good fruits. Very clearly then, God worked (Gen 2:2), still works (John 5:17), and values work. His children are not to be idle or lazy either.
Sanballat and Tobiah really demoralised the Israelites who were rebuilding Jerusalem’s fallen walls by mocking them. It was so depressing that they had to pray to God, but they did not stop working. They worked harder till they succeeded in putting the enemy to shame. Nehemiah 4:6, says the people worked till they built the wall for they all had a mind to work. We must all, children and adults, have the mind to work and put in our best at work, in school, at business, in the church, everywhere- if we want to see results. As we mark Workers’ Day today, go, labour on and do not forget what Colin Powell said, ‘A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.’
We wish all our working men and women ‘Happy May Day.’
HYMN: MHB 589 ‘GO, LABOUR on; spend and be spent’
MEMORY VERSE: John 5:17 “But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
PRAYER: Pray for deliverance from laziness. Also pray for better working conditions for workers all over the world.
Read – Day: Mark 6:30-58; Night: Jug 3-4
WELCOME TO THE MONTH OF DIVINE MANIFESTATION!
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