Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Diligence and Success
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not all of us who are parents and grandparents wish our children and grandchildren to be successful? Of course we do. There is one character trait that makes all the difference. That is diligence.
Grace to you.
Proverbs 10:4 tells us, "He becometh poor that dealeth
a slack hand: but the hand
of the diligent maketh rich." Proverbs 12:24 tells us, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute." These verses tell us that a slack hand produces poverty. The slothful shall have to work for someone else. The diligent (the one who stays on task to get it done) will become prosperous and have charge of others.
Proverbs 12:27 tells us, "The slothful
roasteth not that which he took in hunting:
but the substance of a diligent man
precious." This verse tells us that the slothful
man is capable of doing something he enjoys (hunting) but will waste what he takes because he doesn't enjoy cleaning or cooking what he took in hunting. It tells us that what the diligent has to work for is precious to him. Parents, when our children have to work for something and achieve it, it become precious to them.
Proverbs 13:4 tells us, "The soul of the sluggard desireth, and
nothing: but the
soul of the diligent shall be made fat." The lazy one wants but can't obtain, whereas the diligent becomes successful. Proverbs 21:5 tells us, "The thoughts of the diligent
only to plenteousness; but of every one
hasty only to want." The thoughts (or
plans) of the diligent leads to plenty. Hasty decisions lead only to want. We would learn from this verse not to make hasty financial decisions.
Proverbs 22:29 says, "Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean
." The promise here is that the diligent will
stand before great men, and not before mean men. Proverbs 27:32 tells us, "Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds." We must be diligent to know our trade or our career field well, for that is how we will gain our income.
Psalm 1:1-3 tells us what we must do in order to prosper:
the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in
the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight
in the law
of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.