Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Diligent Steward – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verses 23-27
23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. 24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. 27 And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Diligent Stewards
I kept this cluster of verses together because they all go hand in hand speaking about diligence, and the outcome of maintaining the right perspective concerning the things that we’re being diligent to take care of. The Lord gives us examples of both long and short term things that require diligence in order to reach a successful end.
Bumping us up to today’s set of cares, worries, and all of the stuff we are surrounded with, we need to maintain a level of diligence to keep things as we’d want them to stay. As far as stuff is concerned, the examples can go on and on.
Say you bought a new car. It will roll off the lot clean as a whistle, but it won’t take long before it starts getting dirty, right? If you want it clean, you’ll need to keep it clean. A clean car won’t go any faster, but a dirty car will eventually invite rot to set in somewhere.
If you have a yard that borders the woods, you may know first hand the diligence involved to keep the woods at bay. It is incredible what a year or two will do, when it comes to keeping the woods where you want it, and the grass where you want it. Tons of attention is involved throughout every year to keep things the way you want it.
I’ve driven past houses that one year looked great, and the yard looked great, then after it was abandoned and put on the market for a few years, the yard surrounding the house was all but taken over by the woods reaching out to reclaim its domain.
These are just a couple of examples, but I’m confident you can think of a couple of different examples quickly, that require a level of diligence to stave off ruin. How about the inside of our homes, and everything that we enjoy in different rooms? Stuff comes in handy, but requires work to maintain and keep up with.
Above the Lord is explaining to us, to take care of what we are given, and not to let things go by the wayside and count on having the money to replace something just because we didn’t feel like taking care of it. Be diligent over what we have, because riches are not forever.
Some people are under the belief that the Lord doesn’t like for us to have stuff. The handful of verses above counter that line of thinking. Stuff is fine, but a healthy and honest level of importance should be considered with everything.
He explains this to us above, giving us examples such as the lambs and the goats. Each have their own purpose, and each a level of importance. Both of which require diligence just to keep alive and fit for their uses.
Troubles come, when we place too little importance, or too much importance, over the different things that the Lord has given us to work with. Nothing is more important, or should ever take precedence over our relationship with the Lord period. But that doesn’t mean to neglect the things that he’s given us due to lack of diligence.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 12: King James Bible
41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
1 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
4 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
James 2: King James Bible
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Thank you for these verses, and for your care to give us examples of the right mindset to hold, concerning the things that you’ve allowed us to have. Help us to be diligent stewards with everything around us, and to hold no more importance over the things in this life than what is warranted. Help us to refrain from ever allowing ourselves to place anything over you, and help us to keep everything in perspective according to your Word, and your will. These things we ask and pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you been a diligent steward over the things that the Lord has given you?