Worth your weight, in gold?

It is not a common trait among people today. Our society demands that everything that we do must be fun. People lack the quality of doing hard things for the sake of accomplishing something other than their own gratification. God promises special privileges and rewards for those who are willing to apply themselves to be diligent.

Proverbs 10:4 says, “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
Proverbs 21:5 says, “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
Proverbs 12:24 says, “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”

These verses make it very clear that those who live a diligent life will find both wealth, prosperity, and authority in the world. Diligence isn’t the norm. It’s not something that is often found. It’s hard to find a role model who is attentive to his work. However, if you look hard, you can find them. Study the lives of the most successful people history has ever known, and you will find the history of diligence.

I enjoy looking at the original languages of the Bible. Normally I don’t share, but this time I couldn’t help it. The Hebrew word for diligent means sharp. As if the writers were saying that these people were like a sharp axe when compared to a dull one. When diligent people go to work, they get much more done than when lazy people go to work. When the Hebrew scholars used this word in poetry, it metaphorically meant “gold.” So in a way, diligent people are worth their weight in gold.

If you want to truly succeed in any realm of life, you must be diligent. Yes, your talent may take you far, but only so far. Will you commit yourself to a life of diligence? God promises, wealth, prosperity, honor, and authority to those who will commit themselves to diligence and hard work. Will you be diligent In His service?

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” – Proverbs 22:29


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