Yahoo, former procrastinators! We’re free of the bondage that says diligence is constant work, does everything, and requires perfection.
The ant’s example of diligence boils down to Do What Needs Doing When It Needs Doing. DWNDWIND. That looks like “downwind” which makes me think of the Holy Spirit’s moving. When I’m downwind of a breeze, I’m in the same direction the wind is blowing. I get the boost of having the wind at my back to help me.
With the movement of God’s Spirit, I can perceive His urging and act. Downwind of His Spirit, I do what needs doing when it needs doing. Acting under His influence brings reward.
Scripture tells us diligence is rewarded. Check out these reminders in Proverbs to see the fuller picture and what happens to the slothful person. I’ll highlight rewards.
The hand of the diligent makes rich. 10:4 (The blessing of the Lord makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it. 10:22)
The hand of the diligent will rule. 12:24
Diligence is man’s precious possession. 12:22 He enjoys advantages from his work.
The soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 13:4
The way of the diligent is a highway vs a hedge of thorns. 15:19
The diligent avoids being destructive. 18:9 Consider relationships.
The diligent avoids hunger, he has bread. 19:15, 20:13
The diligent works when it’s inconvenient and therefore gains in future harvest. 20:4
The plans of the diligent lead to profit. 21:5
The diligent man does not make excuses and therefore benefits. 22:13, 20:24.
The diligent gains understanding, protection of his efforts, and profit. 24:30-34
A woman told me of the Lord’s impressing her to pack for her trip several days early. Puzzled, she obeyed. The following days were filled with trials that absorbed all her time. Because she’d acted on the Holy Spirit’s prompting, she was ready to travel on the scheduled day.
In what can you not resist, but move with God’s prompting- and benefit?