THERE IS A PROVERB that has ministered to me much over the last 27 years, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small”. Another version reads, “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.” Some not understanding might tell you that this is “works based”; when I tell you all Scripture is profitable for doctrine and correction.
Diligence and discipline are very much a part of the Christian walk. It’s a narrow path and you will be squeezed. You must have grit and determination to stay on that path. He gives grace and strength but grace never goes against man’s will. You must end well. The above proverb is akin to, “He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.” (Prov 18:9 ) This is to show oneself slack, lazy or negligent.
As a president has an ambassador to fulfill his command; so here, any work that you are to be engaged in and you show yourself to be slack or negligent in that work produces by your negligence, destruction. As truly as one destroys directly by his wicked conduct, negligence is his brother also producing destruction. That which destroys equals destruction. Negligence produces destruction.
Trying times reveal whether or not you have been diligent to pray, fast, read your Bible, build relationships, store up, give away, teach your children, love the Body, plant your seeds, do the work God has called you to. There’s no days off from pulling weeds and removing thorns. Check your crops every day. Negligence produces destruction. God has given each of us a field to attend. What does your field look like? Does it look like the slothful man’s in Prov 24:30-34? Or the disciplined walk of Colossians 1:10 and ever fruitful tree of Psalm 1:1-3?
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