A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4
Solomon knew what “rich” meant, but I think this Proverb speaks other wealths, ones that are so much more precious than worldly possessions.
There is wealth of knowledge, which God also blessed Solomon – an uncommon wisdom to discern truth. Jesus promises to all who will follow Him the Holy Spirit to guide them into Truth. Suddenly what He had said and done made sense to his disciples. It was a light bulb moment. Have you ever had one of those? A voice inside of you, that you know is not from your own brain, reveals an insight. It could be an answer to a prayer, a passage from Scripture or a well timed comment that spurs the private revelation.
There is also the wisdom of faith which leads to receiving the wealth of God’s blessings. His grace and mercy possess riches we can never earn no matter how hard we try. They are freely given but are meant to be shared. If you have little, you cannot share as much. When through faith, God’s blessings flow, you have an abundance and it flows over into other’s lives, too.
But if we slack off and forget from whence they come and from Whom, we stop the flow of these wealths. The pool dries up, the Living Water doesn’t flow into our hearts and we become impoverished and parched. It is as if we forget we have the money in the bank. We choose to live in poverty, slacking off in our prayers and our dependence on the source of wealth in our lives. Staying close to the source of wealth takes diligence. It takes a steadfastness in all times, good and bad. It is praising God from whom all blessings flow.
Jesus advises us to store our treasures in Heaven where moths and rusts cannot harm them. In order to store them, we must diligently gather them unto our hearts. If you feel poor in spirit today, remember you have past deposits made on your behalf in the Bank of the Almighty. Blessings are ready and waiting to flow into your soul. Be diligent. get on your knees and ask Him to remove whatever is blocking the flow. Don’t slack off now.