“The faithless will be fully repaid of their ways,
and the goodman rewarded for his.”
– Probers 14:14
I wanted to be brief today for a reason.
There is much to do and the week is just beginning.
I’m writing this on a Monday and ahead of me lies messages to write, people to visit in hospitals, grass to cut, meetings to attend and conduct, music to learn and prepare, an Easter Service to finalize, and that’s just the stuff I know about! Who knows what there is in store for me that I can’t even see!
I’m sure you are looking at the landscape of your week and thinking that same thing.
There is much to do.
I want us all to let Solomon’s words sink into us and be a reminder that hard work, integrity, perseverance, and a God centered approach to all that we do is crucial to not just making it through our week, but thriving in our week to His Glory.
Solomon was far from perfect, but we can learn much from the words of one of the wealthiest, wisest, and God fearing men we know of in the Bible.
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” – Proverbs 14:1
“A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” – Proverbs 14:5
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.” – Proverbs 14:8
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12
“All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23
“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” – Proverbs 14:26
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.” – Proverbs 14:27
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” – Proverbs 14:30
Take a moment to reread those passages above and let them sink in. Find one that resonates with your upcoming week and write it down on small piece of paper. Now, take that piece of paper and tape it to the dashboard of your car when you leave. Have it serve as a reminder to you each day of this week of where your focus needs to be.
Now, take a minute to think of someone you know that is going to have a busy or a stressful week. Pray that God will lay the truths of Proverbs 14 on their hearts and pray for God’s encouragement in their life.
Finally, take a moment to pray for yourself. Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment for decisions that are pleasing to Him. Pray you do not neglect your relationship with Him at the expense of this busy week, but find balance. Ask that He use your week for his Glory in the lives of anyone you come in contact with. Finally ask God to allow you to look back at the end of this week and be pleased with what was accomplished by His strength.
There may be much to do, but I know God is good in all things so I’m ready to take it on.
How about you?!!