Day 22

Diligence and Laziness

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 4:25-27, Proverbs 10:4-5, Proverbs 12:24, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 22:29

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). The instruction to pray for daily sustenance implies that we are meant to always be engaged in the work and provision of life. We are not meant to be workaholics, but neither should we be idle. Work has existed since before the fall, when God created Adam to rule over the garden. We are called to engage with the life and work we’ve been given. 

Reflection Questions:

In what areas of your life are you the most diligent? What does Scripture call us to be diligent about? 

What does Proverbs 13:11 tell you about the nature of your work?

What does laziness look like in your life? Why is laziness a gospel issue? 

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53 thoughts on "Diligence and Laziness"

  1. Q Taylor says:

    One area of my life that I was pretty diligent is was maintaining good grades and working hard through college and school. I’m now left pondering what else I’ve been diligent about in my life. I’m always at work when I can be, but often times, I compare myself and feel like a slacker compared to my colleagues. Especially when I decide to engage in me time. The scripture calls us to be dillingent in staying focused on God and handling our business may that be spiritually or naturally. Proverbs 13:11 tells us that we shouldn’t be vain or prideful when it comes to our work because it will decrease. We also shouldn’t rush our work. When we take our time in our work, that’s when the most it’s of quality and when we put out quality work, we will continue to grow and improve. Laziness in my life looks like me scrolling on my phone on social media for hours or playing a mobile game or just lying around listening to music. While this is okay with balance, sometimes laziness can overpower productivity.

  2. Amy Saville says:

    Hi Kathy from Australia! I have just prayed for you. That verse from Hebrews is my favourite, may it’s truth continue to bless you and your family x

  3. Brittany Reimers says:

    For several weeks I was not diligent about my work. I was slacking off and not getting enough done. I was falling behind and was drowning. But I have come to the realization that the reason I am not getting through my work is because I’ve been lazy. This week I’ve put in 100% more effort by limiting my distractions and I was able to get through all of my work and more. Work helps to give us purpose and gives us the opportunity to help others. When you work, you learn so many wonderful traits such as humility and obedience and you grow as a person.

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