Proverbs 14: King James Bible
What does it Profit? – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses 23-24
23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. 24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – What does it Profit?
First, I’d like to address the first half of the first verse. When you read it, it seems like it’s for your own good, or similar to other verses; first half for the just, second half for the foolish. But I would like for us to think about it for a second.
In all labor there is profit.
The question is, what is it that you’re laboring toward? This half of the verse, is neutral, only directing us to understand a supernatural truth, that can be a blessing or a curse.
For example, the wages of sin is death. Sin would equal labor, the wages (death) is the profit, or what you’ll receive for it. A worker deserves his wages. If the work is evil, so will the wages be evil in return.
All I would suggest, is that we digest this as a truth that we should utilize, whenever we set our hand to do anything. What will this profit me? What will it profit someone else? What will be the fruit of this labor?
When it comes down to work, say a full time job, we already know what the wages will be. It’s no mystery to us, when the time comes for us to receive a check for a week’s worth of work, right? Why then, when we do things that we know full well the Lord wouldn’t be too happy about, are we surprised when trouble comes?
Broaden your outlook on what it means to labor or work. I can work hard to do well in something. I can also work just as hard, to avoid working. I can labor day and night trying to accomplish something meaningful. On the other hand, I can put all kinds of work into things that are meaningless, and receive want in the end for it as my wages.
Redeem the time, because the days are full of all kinds of evil, that would come your way to stagnate you, or cause for you to work really hard, toward all of the wrong things. What does it profit a man, to gain the world and lose his own soul?
My suggestion is, to do what it may take, to renew your mind concerning the importance that you place toward your Heavenly reward, rather than earthly things. Why is it that we focus more on what we can build up for retirement, yet neglect what’s for all eternity?
Nothing in this world will satisfy for very long. But when we’re walking through the gates into Heaven, and begin to check out our eternal abode, it would be a good thing, for us to receive some reward or heavenly profit from the Father.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 16: King James Bible
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
1 Corinthians 12: King James Bible
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1 Timothy 4: King James Bible
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Titus 3: King James Bible
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
This world keep us busy with all kinds of things that you may deem foolish. Please help us in this Lord, so that we may more easily discern, what is the more profitable thing to do, in any given situation for our good, not evil. And even more so in the case of doing unto others. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Can you remember anytime you’ve been three quarters of the way through doing something, then asking yourself, “What does it profit me (or someone else) to continue doing this?”