I attended a chapel service where a colleague was encouraging people to read a proverb a day from the Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible. He said, “If you want wisdom, read a proverb a day”. I wondered to myself how long it had been since I practiced reading a passage of scripture from the Book of Proverbs which has always been a great source of God’s wisdom concerning money, stewardship and work.
For me, I had fallen into the habit of reading only favorite passages of scripture, different devotional books or scriptures outlined in study workshops, forgetting that there was a man named Solomon who God gave much wisdom regarding the affairs of everyday life. As I pondered on the wisdom of my colleague to read proverbs a day, The Holy Spirit downloaded a scripture to my heart that is so appropriate for us to remember as we consider using faith in our finances.
Proverbs 13:4 says, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper” (New Living Translation). Since much of my scripture memorization is in the King James Version, aka “KJV”, The Holy Spirit gave me “the diligent soul shall be made fat” (“fat in this tense is the same as “prosper” in the New Living Translation). Plainly speaking, prosperity is not just about making a lot of money. God’s Word speaks much about our “soul and health prospering” (The Book of 3rd John, chapter 1 and verse 2) and how the meditation and obedience to God’s commands will bring success in everything you do (The Book of Joshua, chapter 1 and verse 8, The Holy Bible).
I believe that today with so many get rich quick schemes and the lust for more and more, the Word of God gives us the right prescription that moves us away from greed and toward a healthy attitude about the God-type of prosperity and success that we all want to have. God says, “Be diligent”; be a hard worker in what you are doing at work, in your home or at school. God says, “I do want you to prosper – My way” so that I can get the glory for the good things I bring into your life.
Lazy people who just want to have more and more, in the end, get nothing at all – or it doesn’t last. Diligent people prosper. Hard work will bring dividends that benefit you in every area of your life and glorifies God who is the author of “every good and perfect gift” (see James 1:17).