Part of the series: “Staying Focused on What God Says About Your Life”
Day 1: Diligence
Proverbs 21:2 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
What a loaded verse! Let’s break it down. “The plans of the diligent” – That means:
- You need a plan, and
- You must be diligent.
Merriam-Webster defines diligent as: characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort; painstaking.
Are you characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort? Or are you distracted, procrastinating, or slothful? Notice the definition says diligence is characterized by “effort,” which means you’re actually going to have to DO something, expend some effort… even WORK!
You can be diligent and lay out the plan, but if you don’t “work” the plan with your “efforts,” it won’t come to fruition.
The scripture says the plans of the diligent “lead surely to plenty.” Notice it doesn’t say “sometimes leads to plenty” or “most of the time leads to plenty.” It says “surely.” That’s a guarantee, without doubt. I like guarantees and I’m willing to follow instructions to receive my guarantee, which, in this case, is “plenty” (not just enough or a little bit, but PLENTY!)
Following the guarantee is a Word of caution “but those (plans) of everyone who is hasty, (lead) surely to poverty.” The first part of the scripture implies that executing the plan will take time. The plans don’t instantaneously result in the desired result. They “lead” you there. Leading takes time. Sometimes it’s a short trip. Sometimes a longer trip. But expect there to be a “time” component.
The plans “of everyone who is hasty, (lead) surely to poverty.” God knows there are no get-rich-quick schemes and attempting to take shortcuts is not the way to go. The plan must be well thought out. Hastily preparing a plan often results in omissions; and hastily attempting to execute a plan can result in errors. Either way, God says it will lead “surely to poverty,” and not just for some folks, that applies to “everyone!” (Check that verse again!)
Take some time today to think about a goal, a new habit, or a heart’s desire that you need or want to focus on for the next 30 days. Write it out and find at least 2 scriptures that provide support for that desire. Meditate on those scriptures as well as today’s scripture. Remember God’s promise in His word, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty” and purpose yourself to be “the diligent.”