Diligence and Profit

Proverbs 21:5

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

It is certainly not a rule that rich people are hard workers.  Some inherit their money.  Others stumble across one good idea.  Still others got where they are by riding on the coattails of other successful people.

But hard work usually pays off.  We aren’t told that we’ll become rich from our hard work. In fact we aren’t even promised money at all.  A profit can mean nothing more than we will see a return for our efforts.  It might be in a relationship or it could be an investment in someone’s life.

Those who are hasty don’t think things through.  They have no plan and do things on a whim.  There are very few people who can fly by the seat of their pants and get away with it.  Even these people will likely see a better return for their time or money if they spend the time planning carefully what they will do.

Planning doesn’t guarantee success.  God has to be in it as we learn from other Proverbs.  However hard work and planning will lead to a better result than doing nothing and leaving things happen by chance.

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