Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 12: 11-14
These verses are pretty self explanatory, but I want to break them down for you one by one to show you how you can apply them to your daily life.
First, verse 11. We all know that if you want to eat, you have to work. This verse solidifies this and literally says someone who works in his fields with his hands will not go hungry. BUT, the verse goes on to say that someone who doesn’t want to work, is always looking for short cuts to take, is someone who puts their energy into worthless pursuits and fantasies and is as useless as someone who is outright lazy.
Next, verse 12. In this verse, the first part tells us that the wicked desire spoils gained by the schemes of evil men, which is in complete contrast to a simple life of obedience which produces blessings. Those who are righteous will produce fruit pleasing to God. A man who works hard does not need to be ashamed for they are considered the righteous. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Verse 13 tells us that the wicked man is snared by the transgression of his lips. That word transgression means lies. When you tell a lie, you have to tell another lie to cover up the first one, they another, and another. Soon, the liar is trapped (snared) because they can’t remember all the lies they’ve told, and they can no longer keep them straight. But, the just man will come out of trouble because he doesn’t lie. There’s nothing he has to remember. They simply tell the facts as they are, and never need to cover their tracks.
Lastly, verse 14. This verse clearly tells us that speaking can produce fruit. Someone who tells others about Jesus, whether they are a missionary, a pastor, or just a saved person on fire for the Lord, can produce much fruit for for God just by the words they speak. The “fruit of his mouth” deals with the power of his words. The reward of wise words is being compared to the reward for physical labor.
The message I want you to get from this passage is that in what ever circumstance we are in, to reap rewards, we MUST work hard. If we want to lose weight, we have to work hard to fight temptation. If we want to run a marathon, we must train and work out body to the limits to be able to endure to the end of the race. If we want to eat, we have to work hard, whether that means toiling in the garden, or staying at home and taking care of the children (or the dishes, or the laundry… or all of the above!), while our husband goes out and works to support the family. The same is also true in our spiritual lives. If we want a true, honest, incredible relationship with Jesus, we have to work at it! We have to seek Him daily, read His word, pray to Him, stay faithful in church. A close relationship with Christ won’t just fall in your lap, just like the weight isn’t going to fall off if we’re not making an effort.
Put forth the effort in everything you do, no matter how big or how small. If you can be faithful in the little things, you will soon see the rewards from it. As you remain more and more faithful, God will begin trusting you with bigger things, and soon, you’ll be completely devoted to your life in Him. You may or may not get the rewards here on Earth, but one day, you will be able to stand before the Father and hear the words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” (Read Matthew 25:21 and 23.)
1. Do you feel like you are faithful in the little things? I’m talking things as little as laundry, dishes, cooking… If not, what areas do you think you need to improve?
2. What types of rewards do you think we could receive by being faithful in the little things?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.