Proverbs is such a rich book of wisdom. Most Christians choose to read a chapter a day since there are 31 chapters in the book and 31 days in some months. It is absolutly amazing how often Proverbs talks about planning ahead, being diligent, and working hard towards goals.
“Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established. Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27
“Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. without a leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its food during the harvest. How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, your need like a bandit.” Proverbs 6:6-11
“Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches. The son who gathers during the summer is prudent; the son whol sleeps during harvest is disgraceful.” Proverbs 10:4-5
“Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so the slacker is to the one who sends him on an errand.” Proverbs 10:26
“Without guidance, a people will fall, but with many counselors ther eis deliverance.” Proverbs 11:14
“The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense.” Proverbs 12:11
“A person will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the work of a person’s hands will reward him.” Proverbs 12:14
“The diligent hand will rule, but laziness will lead to forced labor… A lazy hunter doesn’t roast his game, but a diligent person, his wealth is precious.” Proverbs 12:24, 27
“The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4
“Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.” Proverbs 13:11
“Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1
“Where there is no oxen, the feeding trough is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of an ox.” Proverbs 14:4
“There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23
“For the prudent the path of life leads upward, so that he may avoid Sheol.” Proverbs 15:24
“Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
“The one who is lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.” Proverbs 18:9
“Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry” Probverbs 19:15
“The slacker does not plow duirng planting season; at harvest time he looks, and there is nothing.” Proverbs 20:4
“Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat.” Proverbs 20:13
“The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.” Proverbs 21:5
“A slacker’s cravings will kill him because his hands refuse to work. He is filled with craving all day long, but the righteous give and don’t hold back.” Proverbs 21:25-26
“A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.” Proverbs 23:3
“Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kinds. he will not stand in the presence of the unknown.” Proverbs 22:29
“I went by the feild of a slacker and by the vineyard of one lacking sense. Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined. I saw and took it to heart; I looked, and recevied instruction: a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, and your need, like a bandit.” Proverbs 24:30-24
“Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds, for wealth is not forever; not even a crown lasts for all time. When hay is removed a new growth appears and the grain from the hilss is gathered in, lambs will porvide your clothing, and goats, the price of a field; there will be enough goat’s milk for your food – food for your household and nourishment for your female servants.” Proverbs 27:23-27
“She selects wool and flax and works willingly with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidservants. She evaulates a feild and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings.” Read all of Proverbs 31
And that was ONLY PROVERBS!
Do your own Bible study this week on what else the Bible has to say on hard work, planning, and diligence.
Next week we will talk about some practical applications of Implementing A Plan and how it applies to all areas of life.