A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 21

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Day 21 // Proverbs 21

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” –Proverbs 21:5

Today’s theme is fitting for today’s schedule for me. Today is the senior prom. I, along with some of the most hard-working a dedicated students out there, have been fundraising for and planning this event over the past 3 years and we are finally here today to see it all come to fruition.

One of the greatest lessons that my sweet officers will learn today is that their hard work and efforts have paid off. They will get to watch as their classmates enjoy the fruits of their labor and they will get to see the final product of their planning. I’m so, very excited for them! What a great blessing this will be for them tonight and a fabulous life-lesson!

Solomon tells us in many of his proverbs that life works the same way. Those who work hard in this life, not only in their jobs, but in their spiritual quests as well, will be blessed beyond measure. Hard work, perseverance and strong work ethic pay off in more ways than money.

In chapter 21, work ethic, and the benefits of having a strong one, is the big theme I came away with today. Solomon tells us that diligent plans lead to profit [21:5] and that the wise work hard to ensure their futures are secured [21:20]. He also says that those who do not have a strong will to work will be crippled by their cravings for more and their inabilities to produce it [21:25-26].

Hard work is not enough, though. The heart behind it matters just as much. Solomon tells us that the blessings of the LORD are extended to those who work to bring glory to him [21:1] and that those who work hard to build an empire based on lies and sin will surely reap what they sow [21:4 & 6]! Laziness gets you nowhere, that’s just common sense, but Solomon tells us that when we strive to work hard for a cause built on lies, we will become ensnared in the ways of sin. The wisdom that comes from seeking God is what will allow us to know if our cause is righteous or not.

Life Application:

Today, I get to watch my students eat the fruits of their labors and I could not be more thrilled! I pray the I remember the joys of this evening when my heart turns towards laziness instead of pushes a little harder towards work ethic. May I remember this night when I become tired and I don’t want to go the extra mile. May I remember God’s promise that those who come to heaven the most tired from their hard work are the ones who also get to experience the fullness of His blessings!

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