My Daily Devotional

Sharpen Your Axe

“If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.”
Ecclesiastes 10:10

As I was growing up, one of my chores was to take an axe, and cut up firewood from the woods behind our house. The one thing that my grandfather always told me to do before starting, was to sharpen my axe. A dull axe meant that it would be much more difficult to chop the firewood, and make the job much harder. The sharper the ax, the less effort and energy required for the task. So I learned early on to sharpen my axe before venturing into the woods, and I saved myself a lot of time and energy. There is a lesson that can be learned from this simple illustration, and that is how many of us are exerting too much energy for the Kingdom of God, and are working with dull axes? We need to sharpen our spiritual lives. We need to get focused in prayer, and spend more time in God’s Word, as this is what brings us into the will of God. We need to spend time each day, focusing on what God wants us to do in our lives. He will sharpen us with his wisdom, when we spend time with Him, then, when we are “out in the woods”, working for the Kingdom, our effectiveness will be greatly multiplied because our axes are sharp. Don’t get so busy with the other things of the world that you forget about God, and let your axe becomes dull. Remember that your devotion to the Lord and His word will sharpen your spiritual life, especially before you start the day. I would encourage each of you to spend some quality time with God each morning. Prioritize your devotional life each day, and watch how your “sharp axe” will cut through the problems, obstacles and difficult situations you will face.

Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Four
August 20


About robertwbrock

Robert William Brock, Jr. I was born in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of Robert William Brock and Irene Napier, I grew up in the beautiful southeastern part of Kentucky. I attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Early in my career I became interested in Health Care Administration and spent the rest of my career in Hospital Administration, where I retired after 45 years. After retiring from health care I have devoted the past ten years to a ministry, having founded and directed the Nehemiah Network, which provides assistance to the needy people in our area, by bringing together the numerous community organizations, churches and businesses to work collectively to meet the community needs. The Nehemiah Network concept has now spread throughout the nation and over 10,000 programs have been developed, in almost all the states, adopting the framework of the Network. I am a published author of 17 Christian books, and have spent over thirty years tracing my ancestors and writing a book about my Kentucky Heritage. My books are listed below: “Our Kentucky Heritage” “My Daily Devotional” "My Daily Devotional Volume II" "My Daily Devotional Volume III" "My Daily Devotional Volume IV" "My Daily Devotional Volume Six" "My Daily Devotional Volume Seven" "God’s Plan for the Family” " God’s Plan for a Father” "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Life" "The Silent Church" "God's Plan For Financial Freedom" "Living Without Sin" "My Kentucky Heritage" "Brock Family Cookbook" All of my books can be ordered at by typing in my name Robert William Brock, Jr. As part of my ministry I write a free daily devotional which is distributed on a daily basis to over 2 million people daily via e-mail. I live with my wife Margaret of 45 years in East Liverpool, where we have resided for over 33 years. We have three children and six grandchildren.
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