Through Diligence and Prudence
“The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked. He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” Proverbs 10:3-5
I think sometimes that the book of Proverbs contains the most intergenerational set of teaching principles in the Bible. It addresses issues and instructs us from childhood through old age. Those who are wise will gain greater wisdom and understanding by applying these principles to life from an early age and continuing to walk in them daily throughout life.
God’s unchangeable nature and manner of dealing in the lives of men is established and will not be moved. What He said from the beginning is still true, yesterday, today and forever. The wisdom that is from above is not capricious, whimsical, or driven by the winds of the times. [James 3:17] It is truth, and in that truth is freedom and the power to prosper and live life at its fullest expression of meaning and purpose.
God rewards those who will be wise and guide their affairs with diligence and prudence. Even those who suffer occasional losses and set backs are never utterly defeated because God rescues and restores them on the basis of their faithful pursuit of what is good and right in obedience to His word.
None of us are perfected, yet. So, we walk by faith and not by sight. [2 Corinthians 5:7] We do what is right even when we can’t see the results immediately or for some considerable time. We trust the Word of God and the integrity of His heart that He will not change and that what He has promised He will fulfill.
So, too we, who are already the righteousness of God in Christ, have a head-start in the pursuit of God’s favor and blessing. When we act as the righteous, being diligent in the work of our hands, we will receive and our rewards will be great. God says we will be rich.
Now here is where some people stumble and turn their focus away from simply being diligent and prudent in their work and begin to seek riches by their work. They drive themselves in a slavish attempt to either “force the hand of God” to bless them because their working harder than anyone else or to prove that they can through their own industry become rich and amass great wealth. But spending longer and longer hours pursuing wealth often times to the neglect of their families, their health and their relationships with others who would help them to stay on the righteous path if they were willing to be counseled wisely, they ultimately make getting rich their God and they end up losing everything they gained and all their efforts come to naught.
But the righteous man in his diligence is content to simply be obedient to God, doing what is good in the sight of God working diligently with his hands, handling his affairs with prudence, ministering to the needs of his own family and when ever possible reaching out to lend a hand to others, not to curry favor or to gain a reward from them but simply to bless as he has been blessed.
If we exercise do diligence and prudence in all that we do, God will take care of the rest. The rewards will come. In fact, according to Deuteronomy 28:2 they’ll come at you so fast they will overtake you, like a runner overtaking you, moving faster than you can move to get away from them.
Never mind the wicked and their evil devices and schemes. God will take care of them in due time. Be steady, be consistent, take one step at a time and keep on walking. The journey may be longer than you think but every step brings you closer to your goal and, more often than not, you are closer to it now than you think.
The blessing of the Lord is here for you now, believe it, receive it and rejoice in it. You are a wise, diligent and prudent child of God!