Walk Of Life – Day 10, April 2021 – Thoughts From The Book Of Proverbs – DON’T s
DO NOT BE SLACK
He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. – Proverbs 10:4
A “slack hand” person works carelessly, sloppily, and, yes, a little deceitfully. Rather than striving to do excellent work, he regularly says, “Good enough.” The “good enough” worker lies to himself that all will be fine, but like the person with no job, he too is headed toward poverty. A house painter paints windows shut on a job, and then can’t figure out why business opportunities disappear. The office worker at the end of her day wonders why no promotion comes her way “after years of faithful service.” A servant maid when she is asked to stop coming by the mistress feels vague about her joblessness. People who work with a “slack hand” usually choose to be culpably ignorant about why they do not “get ahead.” This proverb tells them to look honestly at the quality of their work.
What does the hand of the diligent accomplish? It makes rich. Diligence does not mean being a workaholic, finding meaning only in one’s work. It means doing work promptly and well, reliably, completely, and honestly. For the diligent, the word “excellence” is not a buzzword without content. Excellence is the passion of the diligent, and “do it right” is his slogan rather than “good enough.” Diligence does not always produce wealth, but it usually supplies our needs, with something left over for others (Ephesians 4:28). In a world distorted by sin, and cursed with weeds that complicate work, the diligent still tend towards wealth, while careless, slack-handed workers tend towards poverty. That general law is God’s “feedback loop” to push people towards work in His world, to “subdue it (Genesis 1:28),” even as they care for the earth and replenish it with children.
Apart from being diligent in doing the physical work there are certain spiritual slackness which we should get rid of.
1. Do not be slack in fulfilling your vows to God. When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.- Deuteronomy 23:21
2. Do not be slack in doing Lord’s work. Cursed is the one who is slack in doing the LORD’s work – Jeremiah 48:10
3. Do not be slack in doing your duty, whatever it might be. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty – 2 Thessalonians 3:13
If we are diligent in all our ways, either it be our physical work or our spiritual work We will stand before the Kings and not before obscure men. May our Lord Fill us with His grace to be diligent in all our ways.