Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Thoughts of the Diligent – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 5
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Thoughts of the Diligent
There are many great reasons that the above verse is true (aside from it being placed in here by the Lord). In this devotional, we’ll take a look at a few reasons why it’s better to be diligent rather than to be hasty.
Isn’t being diligent similar to being hasty? Making haste to do something may show more ambition than say, being a sluggard or being engulfed by slotherly behavior, but the largest part of the problem with being hasty, is the end result is often riddled with consequences that were unintended.
Above, verse 5 isn’t simply speaking about the diligent, but to be more specific, the thoughts of the diligent. This means before any actions have been taken by the diligent person, he is capable of thinking through what needs to be done and the best possible way to do it.
Someone who is hasty, will rush to do something without putting any real thought into it, and will then have to deal with problems out of the blue, rather than have anticipated them ahead of time. Also, what they are so hasty to get done might be something they shouldn’t be doing in the first place! Some thought is always beneficial before doing anything, and can often save us from a world of pain.
For example, when I was young, some friends decided to set up a rope swing on a nearby river. Of course, it was set up off the beaten path, and the rope swung over an area that nobody had really swum before.
So I show up, and my friends show me the rope. I grabbed it, swung out over the river, let go several feet over the water, began my descent backwards. After I hit the water, my back sunk maybe two inches before wrapping around a very large boulder.
As I crawled out on to the bank of the river, my friends thinking that this was hysterical, informed me that all they could see after I hit was my chest sticking out of the water. Well, that was because the rest of me was wrapped around that boulder.
But like all of the stupid things that I’ve put myself through over the years, there was a lesson to be learned here, which coincides with the subject at hand. If I simply took a moment to think, I would like to believe that I would have scoped out what I’d be landing on, or at least asked around whether or not anyone else had tried it out yet.
It was an extremely painful experience that honestly, could have been a lot worse. (I’ve done several dumb things like this in the past. I’ve said before, that when I go by way of the grave, there’ll be a handful of guardian angels that are going to take be behind a heavenly woodshed for a beating, after all that I put them through!)
So, the largest difference between the diligent and the hasty, is the thought process involved before taking action. The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty, but there’s no mention at all about the thoughts of the hasty. That’s because there aren’t any.
Related New Testament Scripture
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
10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 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.
Hebrews 11:6 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 1: King James Bible
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Thank you as always, for all that you’ve presented to us in your Word, and thank you for helping us to relate to your lessons. Please teach us all to be every bit as diligent in our thoughts, as you’d have us be in our actions. Help us to recognize when we’re about to be hasty in anything, and teach us to take a space to think things through before we take action, regardless of what it is. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you know that it is the thoughts of the diligent that refrains them from being hasty?
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