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June 10

Diligence and Wealth

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 10:4-5 (NKJV)

 

 2024 June 10a

The word “diligence” is described as “conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation”, also as a “persevering determination to perform a task”. Working with diligence is all about putting our best efforts at accomplishing our tasks with excellence.

The apostle Paul described diligence as a grace that is in the same category as the grace for giving and the grace for riches. “But as you abound in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us--see that you abound in this grace also” (2 Corinthians 8:7).

Diligence is not so much about hard work, but it is about smart, intelligent, disciplined and determined work. We must be careful not to exalt any kind of work that is hard. The word “hard” means “difficult to accomplish, to understand or deal with and manage”; it also refers to problematic situations. Hard is actually a term that is biblically used to describe people who violate God’s command. “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15 KJV).

God’s plan for His people doesn’t require hard work but it certainly does require diligent work. Diligence is required for us to obtain and sustain the life of God’s abundant blessings. Lazy people will not be partakers of the great financial harvest that is being poured out on the body of Christ in these last days.

Diligence also carries the idea of careful planning as opposed to hasty and impatient decisions and activity. “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want” (Proverbs 21:5 KJV).

Beloved, I pray that you will partake of the grace of diligence in an unprecedented scale and that your work will always produce great and tangible results, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Additional Scripture Reference(s):
Proverbs 13:4
Prayer & Confession of Faith: Father, thank You for the grace to be diligent in all that I do, that I might bring glory to Your name. My work will produce great results. Amen!
One Year Bible Reading
Matthew 16
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