Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Reward for Diligence – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 18
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honored.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Reward for Diligence
In the verse above, we get an example of what the Lord is teaching us about, followed by the interpretation. Observing what is being said here, it is easy to compare this to other verses we can find concerning being rewarded for what we do.
‘A worker deserves his wages,’ and do not muzzle an ox when it’s treading out grain,’ are two verses that come to mind, right? But the verse above may go a bit deeper than that.
In my mind anyway, someone who’s keeping a fig tree is a gardener. Surely even in those days, the gardener or ‘keeper of the fig trees’ would receive pay regularly for his efforts, right? If all he got out of the deal were some figs out of the tree which is bearing them, how did he survive the rest of the year while waiting for the tree to bear its fruit?
Yes, a worker does deserve his wage, but this verse isn’t talking about wages at all. In fact, wages are already assumed when you stop to think about it. They’re already getting paid their wages. What the verse above is talking about, is being rewarded for their diligence.
If the person did a lousy job tending to the fig tree, I doubt the owner would be pleased enough to grant him a share of its fruit. And what master would bother to honor a lousy servant?
This verse is all about doing well by those who employ you, and reaping the rewards for doing so. Take note that the Lord used the words “shall be.” He didn’t say “might be” or “could be.” I think this is important to recognize, as the verbiage the Lord uses informs us whether or not something is sure to happen. In the verse above, the servant “shall be” honored.
In my view, if the Lord says it will happen, the temperament of the employer (or master as used above) makes no difference at all. People that are in positions of authority can be just and fair, or they can be miserable taskmasters that think of their employees as underlings. The Lord knows this, and cancels them out by removing them from this process.
What the verse doesn’t mean, is if you do something diligently for a day or two, then you’ll be immediately rewarded. It takes time to tend to a fig tree, right? It seems that anything that you want to grow and bear fruit takes effort and time, while what you try to kill and remove seems to spring up overnight.
If you want to be honored by your employers (or really anyone else for that matter), be diligent consistently until it’s your own personal norm. When being diligent and consistent, your efforts become recognized. If not by others than certainly the Father who made the promise above.
Let’s step this up a notch, and consider it from a spiritual point of view. What are the things that we are tending to spiritually? How are we as servants of the Father doing for our Master?
Are we obedient even unto death? (I guess if you are able to read that question, the answer is yet to be confirmed.) Do we do our part in nurturing our relationship with the Lord as one would tend to a prized fig tree? Do we even take the time to understand the things that he’s said, and to figure out what pleases his heart?
Those are a lot of good questions that we all should be asking ourselves. We should be aiming to answer positively to all of the questions above, not for reward’s sake, but for the love of the Father and care for his will. That said, he tells us of being rewarded for different things, and as he does above, offers to honor us as we seek to be diligent and consistent servants unto him.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6: King James Bible
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 10: King James Bible
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matthew 16: King James Bible
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Luke 6: King James Bible
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Hebrews 11: King James Bible
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
2 Peter 3: King James Bible
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Thank you once again for allowing us to see how rich your Word is, and the depths you can take us even in a simple sentence. Help us to be diligent and consistent in the things that pertain to your will for our lives, and tending to life in general as you would have us do. Give us the strength to go the extra mile when the opportunities arise, and remove all doubts and inhibitors that would cause for us to fail before we even begin. Thank you for your love and care Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to forget about the Reward for Diligence concerning just about everything, simply by reason of the passage of time?
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