Diligence vs. Laziness
Do you have the “grind gene”? Are you a go-getter? Proverbs 13:4 talks about a sluggard, someone who is lazy.
One who doesn’t want to get up and move, and who is more inclined to do tasks that don’t give anything back such as playing video games and being a movie buff.
The verse says that the soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing. God made our souls to desire something but we cannot receive nor achieve what God has for us if we are lazy. On the other hand, if we are diligent, our soul cravings and desires will be fed, the scripture says it will be made fat. This is more about our spiritual needs than that of our physical needs however, this concept works just as well in the physical sense.
Don’t let your soul crave and get nothing. Yes what God has for you it is for you but you have to get up, get out, and do something. Get moving towards what it is God has for you. Let’s be sure to not be sluggards.
Proverbs 15:19 compares the lazy to a hedge of thorns. On a farm, thorn bushes are purposefully placed to keep animals away from the crops. Lazy farmers let the weeds grow up and choke their produce. Either way, thorns block and hinder access.
If you are diligent, a hard worker, not a settler but an over-performer, then the path is easier and removes the thorns out of our way for our blessing. The verse says that the path of the upright is a highway meaning the roads are clear for passing thru. God has something out there for you, the question is, are you willing to make changes in your pattern and habits for it?
Some of you are asking for a change, a new job, a promotion, but have you prepared yourself for it? Let’s not be sluggards. Let’s be diligent and work hard. Don’t just talk the talk but walk the walk. God will honor your diligence.
~By Abigail Barnes