Nov 24, 2011
The thoughts of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty. Proverbs 21:5.
Notice that in this proverb it is easy to first think of it as saying “Whoever is diligent will profit.? Even though diligence is usually rewarded and a persevering, conscientious spirit will provide results, there is a double caveat:
No. 1 - Do not be hasty; and,
No. 2 - Make sure you cultivate right thinking.
The Hebrew word for hasty used in the proverb is the word utz and means to press, to hurry, to withdraw. How many times have you lost money because you did something too quickly, or made a rash decision?
The Hebrew word for thoughts in this passage is the word machashabaw and means intention, plan, device, imagination, purpose. It actually in root form has the meaning of a contrivance ... like a machine. So look at it this way your thoughts are like a machine.
The quality and execution of diligence is the underpinning for success; however, it is the THOUGHTS of the diligent that surely lead to profit.
Proverbs 12:24 instructs us: The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. The Hebrew word for hand in this passage is yad and it is a primitive word meaning the open hand indicating power, means, direction (as opposed to the closed hand). This represents the person who by his or her own labor is independent. The idle, or lazy, person will be subject to the industrious.
Solomon advanced Jeroboam because he saw that he was an industrious young man, and minded his business. 1 Kings 11:28. People that strive in study and service will be promoted from above. This is an eternal principle, also. Jesus taught us, in a context dealing with the Millennial Kingdom, He that has been faithful in a few things shall be made ruler over many things.
The scripture also teaches us that the elders who labor in the word and Bible teaching are worthy of double honor. 1 Timothy 5:17. The Greek word for honor here used is time (tee-may) and means money paid, or valuables. This passage is saying that those that labor in God’s Holy word, and teach it, are worthy of double money.
The THOUGHTS of the diligent surely lead to profit. One who has the foundation of diligence and who learns to cultivate his or her thoughts will surely profit. The Bible says, Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8.
Do not look back on failures. Meditate on your successes . . . and on the Word of God. There is something to the old expression: What you see is what you get. The Proverbs tell us: For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverb 23:7.
Remember . . . do NOT act in a hurry . . . do NOT make hasty, rash decisions. Work hard and mix your efforts with sound thoughts, planning, and, when necessary, good counsel. Then you profit and be successful.
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