Proverbs 10:4 (NASB) Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
The job took an hour longer than needed. While doing some construction work for a customer, I needed a tool I hadn't used in years. I began to search around my shop and finally found it hidden behind a bunch of other things. When I pulled it out, the tool had rusted beyond belief. The extra time needed to do the job was due to my laziness in keeping my tools in good working order. Today's verse speaks that the worker who works with a negligent hand will be poor where the diligent one makes rich. Due to my carelessness, I had let the tool get to a point where, in order to use it, I had to do some much needed work on it. In life, if we don't use it, we can lose it. Sounds simple enough, but the key is keeping things in good working order. So, when we call upon them, they are ready to work at a moments notice. Like the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. If we allow them to get hidden behind other things in life, when the time is called upon to be used, we may find ourselves wasting time remembering how to use them. And the part about being rich? Sure it can mean financial blessing, but what about spiritual blessings? The feeling you get when you hear "well done, my faithful servant!" I read that somewhere.
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
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