The Danger of Premature Contentment by Pastor Paul Enenche
SEEDS OF DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY DR PASTOR PAUL ENENCHE
FRIDAY, 12TH JANUARY 2024
TOPIC: THE DANGER OF PREMATURE CONTENTMENT
SCRIPTURE: Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
2 Kings 13:19.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When you arrive too soon, you arrive too small.
In the Book of 2 kings, Chapter 13, the King of Israel came to Elisha to ask for deliverance and victory over Syria who were waging war against Israel at the time.
Elisha told the king to open the window and shoot an arrow. When he did that, Elisha said:
The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
2 Kings 13:17
However, Elisha expected the king to shoot the arrow up to five or six times, but he shot the arrow only three times, and Elisha was annoyed and said:
Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
2 Kings 13:19.
The king shot the arrow just three times and stopped.
Elisha seems to have told the king, “What is wrong with you? Why did you shoot the arrow only three times? Israel shall defeat their enemies only three times and the enemies will start dealing with them. You should have continued shooting the arrow until you finish the enemies.” (Paraphrased).
The king was prematurely satisfied and Israel lost the war due to his lack of continuity, even though they won the initial battles.
The point is, never be satisfied prematurely with any level of result or success you have seen in your life. Refuse to agree that you have succeeded. Just keep moving forward despite your level of success and result in life.
You must understand that until you see Jesus face-to-face, there is still one realm of success or result that you should keep striving to achieve. Refuse to be prematurely satisfied. When you arrive too soon, you arrive too small. Do not let people clap for you when you are meant to be starting. Do not let people celebrate you into obscurity and irrelevance.
REMEMBER THIS: When you arrive too soon, you arrive too small.
1. Refuse to be satisfied prematurely.
2. Keep on making impact for the Kingdom until your see Jesus face-to-face.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask that You deliver me from premature satisfaction. I receive the grace to keep making impact for the kingdom until I see You face-to-face, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: Making the Most of a New Season.
QUOTE: Where there is premature contentment, there can be no ultimate fulfillment. Culled from the book, “21 Foolish Things People Do” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Exodus 6-10.
AMAZING FACT: The eagle has always been considered the king of birds, on account of its great strength, rapidity and elevation of flight, natural ferocity, and the terror it inspires into its fellows of the air.
DECLARATION/WORD: May you never stop short of God’s ultimate plan for Your life in Jesus Name.