OUR DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET FOR CHAMPIONS
DATE: SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY, 2020
TOPIC: DELAYED FOR 12 HOURS: CATCH THE LITTLE FOXES
BASIC SCRIPTURE: (SONGS OF SOLOMON 2:15; PROVERBS 26:10-17)
An Air India flight was scheduled on a Sunday morning to fly from the central city of Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam, on India’s East Coast. The domestic flight was to cover a distance of around 315 miles, a journey that was to be undertaken in about an hour. The pilot, crew and passengers were prepared for FlightA1-952 which was due to take off as early as 6.10a.m. In fact, the passengers were all already on board, the pilot and crew were ready to take off. Suddenly the unexpected was discovered. Vigilant staff spotted a rat in the cabin!
The pilot announced to the passengers that the plane could no longer take off as scheduled because of a little bitch. All the passengers were told to disembark from the aircraft. Pest control unit was called in to look for the rat and intercept it, so a rat race began.
The rat was eventually located and trapped; the plane was fumigated thereafter ready for its flight. However, before all that could be done, about 12 whole hours had gone. The flight which was scheduled to depart at 6:10am did not leave the airport until 5:30pm.
The delay of the flight was more 10 times longer have taken them to make that journey. According to aviation news site, _SIMPLY FLYING,_ the presence of rats on flights is a relatively common reason for flight delays due to the fear that they may chew and destroy wires on the plane.
Similar incidents have occurred on planes from Alaska Airlines, Air Berlin and Air Canada. That rat incident was the second time within months that Air India was faced with delays caused by animals.
Sometime in September 2019, an Air India flight was delayed for 2 hours after a swarm of bees settled on the cockpit window, obscuring might vision and attacking staff who tried to remove them. The flight which was from Kolkata in India’s North East to Agartala on the border, had 136 passengers on board.
The Holy Ghost wants you to know that God created you, and indeed everyone else to make progress in life but sometimes there are factors that put spanners in that wheel of progress. Imagine a little rat stopping a big aircraft for 12 hours! King Solomon in today’s scripture calls them, “THE LITTLE FOXES THAT SPOIL THE VINES.”
These “little foxes” like the rats and bees in today’s story specialize in spoiling our “vines.” Your VINE is your FRUITFULNESS, ELEVATION and RESULT PACKAGE! Even sleep, as sweet as it is, can be a little fox stopping your progress when you love too much of it.
Laziness is the next-of-kin to sleep. Hear what King Solomon says about both, “As the door turneth upon the hinges, so doth the slothful (lazy) upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14). What about procrastination? This is like their cousin. An old proverb says, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
Charles Dickens says, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” It is a little fox that you must deal with now. The list of little foxes are almost endless but let me mention their big brother called, MR. EXCUSES.
You see that in Verse 13 of Proverbs 26. Mr. Excuse will always give you a reason why you cannot and shouldn’t do certain things. I used to have someone very close to me. He is a specialist in excuses. Please don’t be like that this year. There is always a way round every obstacle: Never allow “little foxes to truncate your way to the top! Be vigilant! Hold on and look up to your God! This is your year! Amen!
PRAYER POINTS: Take Song 2: My Faith Looks Up…
1. Pray on today’s word as it has touched you.
2. Repent from any SECRET SIN or HABIT that can DELAY or destroy ELEVATION STORY!
3. Pray about today as led now.
THE BIBLE-IN-ONE-YEAR: (NUMBERS 15-17)
BY: BISHOP DR. CHRIS E. KWAKPOVWE (CEK)PUBLISHER/WRITER
Song 2: My Faith Looks Up To Thee…
1. My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.
2. May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire.
3. While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
4. All thru life’s transient dream,
Until death’s sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, with Thy love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Make me Thy grace to prove
Transform my soul.