Character Is Diligent… “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Proverbs 31:13
For example, you may have other team members who work to just get by, while you have a greater cause because you work unto the Lord. You understand the greater purpose is to reflect the glory of God in all you do. So when you take on chores at home you do so with enthusiasm and with a goal of excellence. When you study you see your Savior Jesus as one who studied and understood the Scriptures, so you bring that same level of responsibility to your academic endeavors. Diligence expects excellence in great results.
“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Proverbs 13:4). The diligent does not just talk about climbing a mountain, they schedule a date, train and acquire the necessary supplies to sustain their ascent. The diligent not only hopes for good things to happen, they in tandem deem it necessary to plan and persevere. What daunting goal is before you that requires your unbending diligence?
Diligence works as if everything depends on its efforts, and prays as if Christ were in control. Persistent prayer to God is soaked with plenty of perspiration. There is fatigue and faith. There is work and rest. There is planning and prayer. Diligence is industrious with man and intimate with God. Are you tired of trusting and trying? If so remain diligent, because fruit comes towards the end of the faith cycle. A bountiful harvest may be a prayer or two away. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9, NKJV).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
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