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DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL, 2021 was created by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *"STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS"* *TEXT:* PROVERBS 25:1-25._*KEY VERSE* "These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter" (PROVERBS 25:1,2)._  "If you have seen further," Isaac Newton wrote in a 1675 letter to fellow scientist Robert Hooke, "it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." According to Wikipedia, standing on the shoulders of giants is a metaphor which means "Using the understanding gained by major thinkers who have gone before in order to make intellectual progress". What Isaac Newton inferred in his quotation above is what researchers take advantage of in their works. Progress becomes easier when we learn from the lives of achievers and people who lived before us. Such was the experience of King Hezekiah in our passage. His men copied the works of Solomon, who had left a reputation for unparalleled wisdom. Even though this is the only reference in the Bible where the men of Hezekiah copied out the works of Solomon, that the latter generation imbibed lessons from the former instructs us to widen our notions and correct the follies of prevalent customs. The passage copied covered sundry topics. It states the duties of kings as willingness to learn, discern and investigate matters to be able to ensure fairness and uprightness in administration of justice. We must shun pride and accept to be held accountable for our actions. This will help us do proper consultations before taking decisions. We must not feel too big to learn from others, and be positively influenced to do the right things. It is as you stand on the shoulders of giants, you will be able to see more, understand their shortcomings and learn from their strengths. Are you like Hezekiah, who was willing to learn from the life of King Solomon? Or you pose as Mr Know-all who does not learn even from the life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Learn from others but focus on Christ, the Source of all blessings. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* You do not have to reinvent the wheel!  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* ACTS 1-3. *MEDITATION* Reflect, digest and add to your mental and moral database 1. Be diligent in searching out godly wisdom from the living or dead legends, vv1-3. (Bible and good Books).2. Discipline yourself, get maturated and purified before optimum usefulness to God and mankind, v4.3. Success is determined by people you surround yourself with, v5.4. The way up is down; self exaltation leads to humiliation, vv6,7,14.5. Explore all peaceable settlements; going to court with unbelievers should be the last option while it is never an option for fellow believers, vv8-10.6. Soft and well chosen words can break the hardest of hearts, vv11,12,15. Learn it.7. Betrayal and faithfulness are two irreconcilable ways of a messenger, vv13,18,19. Make a choice and reap the fruit.8. Making merry in the presence of someone with an heavy heart is insensitivity, v20.9. Helping your enemy is always more profitable and blessed than taking a revenge, vv21,22.10. Any additional words of wisdom in the text? *Prayer points*Lord, teach me the wisdom I need to fulfil my destinyLord, expose all foolishness and vanity embedded in my heart and purge meMake me a lover of wisdom and give me diligence to always seek for itPray that sinners in the Church will be made wise unto salvation *HYMN* Thy word is a lamb to my feet. (GHS 83)

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