Proverbs 10: King James Bible
The Diligent – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verse 4
4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Diligent
How many tomorrows have you dedicated to do something, that you could’ve done that day? This typically happens when we’re faced with having to do something that we’d either rather not do, or don’t feel like doing.
It’s so easy to assume that we know (at least roughly) what tomorrow will bring. But nobody knows what tomorrow will be filled with but the Lord himself. Yet we insist on moving things out till tomorrow, that we could just as well get done today.
The verse above is true in all kinds of ways, covering all kinds of situations. In my opinion, this is talking to those of us who are procrastinators. It doesn’t take too much thought to make a connection between procrastination, and laziness.
You can dream up all kinds of wonderful things. You can plan your life through all the live long day. You can have a desire for that end that you want to reach for whatever objective you set your heart on. But if you don’t start doing, you’ll fill your days dreaming, planning, and hoping.
As the world’s foremost expert on being a terrible procrastinator, this is something I can relate to. Even now, I have to force myself to do things all the time. Some may say I have good reason to do so, suffering from Lyme disease and all, but excuses are still excuses, even if they’re real good ones.
I’ve done my share of staring at a snow covered driveway this past winter. Guess what? No matter how long I waited, nor how long I thought about doing it, nobody came to do it for me!
Ever put off cleaning the house, because you just didn’t feel like doing it, or you’ll just do it later, then later comes and you still haven’t lifted a finger? That’s when someone unexpected comes over to visit, right? Then you find yourself talking about why the place is a mess, so on and so forth.
These are all little things, and the examples could go on and on. But if we can’t be bothered with simple little day to day things, what about the big things? I tend to believe, that when we are slack in doing the most mundane things, the Lord sees it, and knows it.
He is the one that deals out different things for us to accomplish, and he is intent on watching. Think of the three servants that were given the money to multiply for their master, who was going on a long journey. Take a look at the difference between how the diligent was rewarded, versus how the guy that took the easiest route possible (burying the money in the dirt), was rewarded.
The Lord has created us all to be able to do something. If you don’t know what that is, do the best you can till you find that out. Be diligent. Everywhere you go, where you are the most comfortably lazy, put up a sign with the “the Lord wants me to be diligent” scribbled on it.
The Lord tells us in an earlier chapter to “Go to the ant, sluggard!” For some of us, it takes diligence, to even be reminded to be diligent.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 12: King James Bible
58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
2 Corinthians 8: King James Bible
7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
Hebrews 6: King James Bible
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
2 Peter 1: King James Bible
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
You have given us all a calling to perform for your glory. Lead us ever closer to this, keeping us on the right track, using all of the benefits that you’ve equipped us with, to achieve that expected end. Keep it in our remembrance, to not be slothful, or slack in our ways. For us who lack diligence, please cause for us to be more diligent, so that the truth of your Word will work toward our benefit, instead of our hurt. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you were to be placed into one of two different camps, would you fall into the slacker camp, or the diligent?