Proverbs 13: King James Bible
Diligent Soul – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verse 4
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Diligent Soul
We’ve seen through scripture, that the sluggard won’t get out of his own way, yet it is the diligent that makes rich. The Lord shows us several times in the book of Proverbs, that diligence is an asset to anyone’s life.
But what does it mean to have a diligent soul? The best way I can answer that, is by asking a question… Where does diligence come from in the first place? Perhaps diligence is a character of the Spirit, that comes through the soul, despite the will of the flesh.
Think on it for a moment. Diligence isn’t necessary when we’re doing something that we feel like doing. It isn’t necessary when the flesh isn’t in protest. But diligence must step in the way of the weakness of the flesh, in order to follow through with difficult things, or ignore the wining and complaining of the flesh.
However, we’ve got to decide to allow this diligence to take effect. And if you do think about it, this decision usually is presented to us, when we’re at a crossroads of sorts. When an opportunity arises to give up on something, or to back out of something that you shouldn’t.
Let me tell you something about myself if I may. It is through diligence, that I’ve been completing these daily devotionals. One day off a week (Saturday) do I give myself. I’ve made an unspoken commitment to follow through with this, because it has been placed on my heart to follow through with, till we hit the last verse of Proverbs.
Whether it be because of physical ailments, financial difficulties, other things going on, attacks from the enemy, or frustration for whatever reason, I have made that commitment to the Father, and do my utmost to be as diligent as I can be, to follow through providing these devotionals daily. It really is a small thing, but when you’re doing what the Lord wants you to do, everything but the kitchen sink winds up being thrown at you.
I said all of that to say this… It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re speaking about Jesus to someone, writing a blog for a website, or raising the dead; if it’s something that the Lord wants you to do, expect resistance. A sluggish soul allows the flesh to call the shots, and when the flesh says stop, the sluggard will stop. It can get to a point, where the sluggard won’t do simple things that are necessary, because having been obedient to the flesh, he has landed in a place that everything seems too difficult. No matter what it is.
The sluggard will never reach the potential that the Lord has put in their reach. It will not happen. They desire to have certain things, yet won’t take any steps to get there, particularly should there be any resistance. But the diligent will find that potential, and run with it, Lord willing, straight to the finish line.
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Help us to make wise decisions, and to stay diligent in what you would have us to do. Also, help us Lord, to shed all things that we do, that you’d rather us not do or partake in. When we’re tempted to become as the sluggard, please raise the alarm in our hearts, and through your Spirit, so that we may be found to be diligently fulfilling your will, that you’ve placed over our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Would you consider yourself to be a diligent soul?