Today’s Scrip-Bit 16 December 2014 Proverbs 21:5

Proverbs 21:5.   The thoughts (plans) of the diligent tend only (lead surely) to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want (surely to poverty).

And then it was a beautiful Tuesday morning!

Yes Friends, regardless of the weather in our areas, or the circumstances in our lives, this is indeed a beautiful day, because it was given to us by Almighty God our Creator to enjoy, and we can do so despite negative stuff, since our souls are filled with the power of His Holy Spirit, His mercy, grace and forgiveness.

All those things can’t help but make for a beautiful day! And all God’s people said a loud and grateful, ‘Praise the Lord!’

And I read this portion of a prayer from Gramps Schuller’s (Dr. Robert H. Schuller) Hour of Power Devotional, and I just had to share it, possibly again, (smile) because it seems so fitting to our everyday circumstances, and it’s stuff that we ought to know and constantly focus on.

So please pray with me. ‘Thank you, God, for dangers that teach me to be brave; for suffering from which I learn patience; for pain, which teaches me tenderness; for false friends, whose lack of trust causes me to prize my true friends; for illness, which teaches me to treasure my health, a gift I too often take for granted.

Thank you for leading me through trying times, without which I would be like a plant in an overprotected hothouse, too tender to ever live in the open wind. Help me to remember in my trying times that there is no progress without pain, no conversion without crisis, no birth without painful travail, no Easter without Good Friday.

Trying times are times to try more faith. I’m trying. I’m believing. You are helping me. Thank you, Lord. Amen.’

Yes my people, all of that is indisputable truth! Not much good happens without some negative incentive, and we have got to learn to realize that, and don’t just focus on the negatives, but look for the positives, the potential opportunities buried in every negative circumstance. Hn, hn! Is the ole fella philosophizing today or what! (smile)

So let’s begin with our Bit, where Cousin Sol continues to hold forth on moral, ethical and spiritual precepts. ‘The thoughts (plans) of the diligent tend only (lead surely) to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want (surely to poverty).’

That my people, is nothing but gospel truth! We can’t prosper without putting forth some positive plans, effort and action. And if we go back to Chapter 10, where Sol compares the wise and foolish, we discover these words of absolute truth!

‘He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack (negligent) hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.’ (Prov.10:4-5)

Ah Friends, we all know of examples of those truthful words, perhaps we have even experienced them personally. (smile) But hopefully, in our finding of, our coming to Jesus, we have put sloth aside and embraced diligence, as Jesus desires.

And that is superbly covered in Chapter 19, where we read: ‘Slothfulness (laziness) casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.’ (Prov.19:15)

Meanwhile, Chapter 12 gives us this most insightful insight: (smile) ‘The hand of the diligent shall bear rule (shall rule): but the slothful (lazy) shall be under tribute (put to forced labour).’ (Prov.12:24)

How often have seen that eh my brethren? And again, some of us might know of such folly from personal experience, but knowing Jesus fixed it all… Wow! Jesus is indeed the great fixer-upper!

Now hear these words of awesome wisdom: ‘The soul of the sluggard (lazy) desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat (rich). (Prov.13:4)

And we’ll close with the granddaddy of all those wise words on diligence and slothfulness found in the Book of Proverbs. ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide (leader), overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat (grain, bread) in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

How long wilt thou sleep (lie down aimlessly), O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth (a prowler), and thy want (need) as an armed man.’ (Prov.6:9-11)

Oh my brethren, that says it all! So please let’s seriously concentrate on our own diligence, and as much as we can, encourage our friends and families to do likewise, so that we will indeed reflect the excellence that Jesus desires of us all. Much LOVE!

… the chances of a lazy man entering heaven…are nil to none…

 

 

 

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