April 28, 2019

Diligence Creates Opportunities

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 28, 2019

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.  Proverbs 12:24

My father-in-law told me as a young man and still reminds me today, “Boyd, the harder I work the luckier I become”. A lot of sage wisdom from a “gentleman farmer” who at 80 is still strong as an ox and can’t wait each day to serve my sweet mother-in-law who experienced a severe stroke several years ago. God rarely works through lazy work, but often blesses hard work.

How hard do you work, or do you hardly work? God said to Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food” (Genesis 3:17, 19). And He explained to Moses, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work” (Exodus 20: 9–10).

Has our culture become accustomed to receiving good things without great effort? Who is entitled to influence without being industrious? Perhaps there is a dearth of diligence that has depressed people and economies. Laziness leads to the control of others, while honest labor is given opportunities and advancement. Do not despair in your diligence for you are set up for success. Mind your business meticulously, and you will enjoy the business.

“Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he appointed him over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph” (1 Kings 11:28 NASB).

Intense industry can lead to preferment. Your faithfulness to your work is not going unnoticed. Your diligence is a distinctive that separates you from the average or lazy laborer. Security comes with this level of service. Promotion follows performance that produces the right results the right way. Be an industrious example others seek to emulate.

The Lord blesses hands that are hard at work. He smiles when He sees your service exceeds expectations. You go the extra mile to make sure others are cared for as you would like to be treated. God knows, because of your thoroughness on the job and your integrity in its execution, you can be trusted with more.

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).

Prayer

Lord, what task do You desire that I diligently complete before beginning another?


Application

Am I diligently working unto the Lord or just earning a paycheck?


Related Reading

1 Kings 12:20; Proverbs 10:4; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:15

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Comments

  1. Annagrace Detterich says:

    This is a good way to get closer to God and get to know him a lot better. Thank you for showing me this great knowledge of hope and wisdom. This really strengthened me today.


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