"Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth." - Proverbs 12:27
There are three big questions for us to ask ourselves as we ponder this little proverb:
- What are you doing diligently in your life?
- Is your diligent work in one area causing you to be slothful in other more important areas?
- What “precious wealth” will be gained from the activities we are most diligent in?
Upon first glancing at this passage, it is easy to let our minds go directly to the world of work and monetary gain. But there is another type of “precious wealth”; many times throughout scripture (particularly in Psalms and Proverbs) the love and knowledge of God is referred to in terms of wealth and treasure. In the end, that is the only type of “precious wealth” that will stay with us past the grave, and therefore, the most precious of all wealth we could gain.
Where does your relationship with God fall in the order of things you are most diligent in?
The Sunday-school answer we instinctually deliver is “God is at the top!” but take a closer look; is He really? Does He frequently occupy your thoughts? Does He take priority over everything else you need to spend time on in a day? Be honest. When I asked myself these questions, I had to admit, God often gets shoved to the “I’ll get to this later” list all too often.