An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Plenty Pause

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

Here we see diligence and haste contrasted.  You would think it would be better to use “slow” or “cautious” as opposites of “hasty” (213).  Or “sloppy” against “diligent” (2742a).  Those of us that are procrastinators will love this verse because it gives us ammunition to throw at people who get things done.  We would be wrong. 

Being “diligent” means taking the time to sharpen your knives before you cut up the salad.  The hasty just grabs a knife and starts chopping.  Usually both people get a salad at the end that meets minimum standards but the one who takes the time to hone his blades will actually have less risk of hurting themselves.  Sharp knives take less pressure and so you have less inclination to slip.  People who take a few moments to think things through will come out ahead of the traffic jam.

So?  My tendency is to put off decisions but my motive is usually not the right one.  This is a reminder to me to spend my time wisely.  For you it might be to slow down.  Listen to what the Holy Spirit has for you today. 

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