Thoughts on Diligence

"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness."Proverbs 21:5

"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness."Proverbs 21:5

The woodpecker is a fascinating bird.  God specially designed this bird to hold up against the constant drumming with eyes that are held tightly in their sockets with bone and surrounding tissues, keeping them from injury during impact.  The tongue wraps around the brain and may help hold it in place to stave off concussions.  A woodpecker’s tongue is also barbed on the tip, allowing it stab and hold onto insects inside the tree.  Their toes are uniquely spaced to provided solid anchorage on the side of a tree.  All of that means the primary source of food for a woodpecker comes from repeatedly banging its nose again trees.  The woodpecker is a diligent creature thriving in a situation which most other creatures could not survive.

The dictionary defines diligence as, “constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.”   That definition throws a lot of light onto why all of us struggle at times to be diligent.  Diligence is difficult.  Diligence requires sustained, constant effort.  It is fatiguing, it is burdensome, it is wearisome.  At times it the last thing we actually want to do.  However, through diligence comes prosperity.  In an age of get rich quick schemes, lotteries, Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, casinos and all kinds of other promises to rapid and easy wealth, we need to remember that it is diligence that leads to plenty.  It is not sitting around hoping a windfall will come.  It is not praying for God to bless your lottery ticket.  It is not planning the next scheme to make big bucks.   It is diligence.  Constant, sustained effort that builds over time to add value to your labors.

Though Solomon is addressing physical diligence and physical prosperity in Proverbs 21:5, we need to consider our spiritual diligence as well.  If we expect to increase and prosper in our walk with the Lord and growth in Christ, we must continually exert ourselves to that task.  God has not promised to suddenly inundate us with great faith, marvelous obedience and overwhelming Christlikeness.  Instead, He has instructed us to daily apply ourselves to the tasks of growth, so that by careful attendance to our Biblical obligations we increase in all the necessary spiritual blessings.  This diligence is not a fleshly “can do” attitude, but a consistent submitting of self to the Word of God and a constant relying on the Holy Spirit to work the necessary internal changes so that you will properly externalize Godliness.  God said through Paul, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”  Let’s be diligent, that through our prosperity God may be glorified.

Nikon D80 800mm F/16 1/160 sec. ISO-400

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