Wisdom and Our Work– message #4 in the series The Way of Wisdom
January 29, 2023
A Chapter a Day
- Sunday, January 29, Proverbs 29
- Monday, January 30, Proverbs 30
- Tuesday, January 31, Proverbs 31
- Wednesday, February 1, James 1
- Thursday, February 2, James 2
- Friday, February 3, James 3
- Saturday, February 4, James 4
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God is honored and I am more likely to succeed in my work when . . .
I am eager to .
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, (1:5a, ESV)
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. (9:9, ESV)
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,
while the fool feeds on trash. (15:14, NLT)
15 Wise men and women are always learning,
always listening for fresh insights. (18:15, MSG)
5 Being wise is better than being strong; yes, knowledge is more important than strength. (24:5, GNB)
I develop a strong .
23 Hard work always pays off;
mere talk puts no bread on the table. (14:23, MSG)
diligent [ dil-i-juhnt ] 1 constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. 2 done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking. Synonyms: 1 industrious, assiduous, sedulous. 2 indefatigable, untiring, tireless, unremitting.
4 A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich. (10:4, ESV)
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor. (12:24, ESV)
I choose not to be a .
sluggard [ sluhg-erd ] 1 a person who is habitually inactive or lazy. 2 a slothful person; an idler. See slug. 1 any of various snaillike terrestrial gastropods having a shell or only a rudimentary one. 2 a slow-moving animal, vehicle, or the like. 3 a person who is lazy or slow-moving.
(1) Do I lack ? Yes No
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest. (6:6-8, ESV)
(2) Am I when I should be working? Yes No
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man. (6:9-11, ESV)
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed. (26:14, ESV)
(3) Do I fail to do the right at the right ? Yes No
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing. (20:4, ESV)
(4) Do I make ? Yes No
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!” (22:13, ESV)
(5) Do I refuse to put forth even effort? Yes No
15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. (26:15, ESV)
(6) Do I think I it ? Yes No
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who can answer sensibly. (26:16, ESV)
I do my before I in.
2 Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
haste makes mistakes.
3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
and then are angry at the Lord. (19:2-3, NLT)
I learn to do things .
27 Prepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house. (24:27, ESV)
27 First plant your fields;
then build your barn. (24:27, MSG)
I make my a success.
18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit,
so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded. (27:18, NLT)
18 If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit;
if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored. (27:18, MSG)
(1) Very person – passion
(2) Very person – passion
(3) Very person – passion
(4) Very person – passion
(5) Very person – passion
Source: Gordon MacDonald, Restoring Your Spiritual Passion.
I my work to the .
3 Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established (16:3, ESV)