11th AUGUST 2020
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh, will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit, will reap eternal life.” – Galatians 6:7-8
“Life is like a piano, what you get is dependent on how you play it”. This is a popular statement credited to one Tom Andrew Lehrer, a musician, and a mathematician. Why describe life in this manner, you may wonder? The truth is that we do all enjoy good music, don’t we? Ordinarily, learning to play the piano is not so easy for many reasons. But playing the piano could get easier when we liked the music notes we are producing when we play the piano. As you already know, a standard acoustic piano today has 88 keys, which when tapped, will produce one type of music note or the other. Not many of us are accustomed to playing the piano or had previously come close to one, but that is not the issue. The lesson here is that whatever key you touched on the piano will produce a certain sound, which you may or may not like; some notes are harsh, some soft, and still, some softer.
Using the foregoing as examples, whatever step you take in life, will either produce an experience that you may or may not like. The scripture is telling us today to be careful of each of our actions or decisions; for whatever step we take has its results; whether good or bad. This is an infallible principle of God. The principle is potent, and affects humanity, notwithstanding what you are, or what you believe. In order for us to be well-positioned to reap the promises and plan of God, we must play the piano of life properly in order to bring forth a good musical piece that will be pleasing to our ears, and which we can dance to with all happiness.
You may wonder at this point whether your life is in your hands or in God’s hands. Or better still, how are you expected to live out the plan and promises of God if all is dependent on how you play the piano of life? To live a successful life, we must die to self. This means that we must strive to serve the good of the generality, rather than do what benefits us individually. We must never do anything that benefits us to the detriment of others. The end result might not be too favorable, for we will be judged according to our actions.
It is true that the plan of God for us is good health, prosperity, and that we may reap all His promises for us. Notwithstanding that, we still have to do these five things:
– Pray without ceasing, so you will take the right steps all the time.
– Believe in God’s plan and purpose for you
– Serve the glory of God by sowing good seeds in the life of others.
– Be patient and hopeful about receiving the good life.
– Be gainfully employed doing something tangible and positive
All these five actions are to guide us daily so we may receive God’s promises in due season. When you include the above six steps in your daily routine, life becomes easier for you, for you, will be touching the right keys on the piano keyboard of life, and the result will be good music of God’s love and fulfillment!
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, today, I promise to serve your glory in all things. I ask for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to enable me to live a fulfilled life. Therefore, I decree victory to all areas of my life today. AMEN
FURTHER READING: Psalm 1:1-6; Hosea 10:12-13; Galatians 6:9