Our Bible verse for today: “There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Do something.”
Proverbs 14:23 is intended to spur us to action. It’s supposed to inspire us to do something. It establishes a contrast between someone who talks a good game, and someone who just goes out and does the thing.
The most specific and direct application of that Proverb is with respect to working, and the fact that a lazy person talks about work but a diligent person actually does the work. Solomon’s point is that you need to stop talking about work and just go do some work.
But the same lesson can also apply to seeking God’s guidance. Sometimes Christians use the claim of “I’m seeking God’s guidance”, as a reason for not doing anything. We claim, “I don’t want to get ahead of God on this”, and as a result we end up getting far behind God because God has moved on and we’re still sitting there undecided about what to do.
As was noted in yesterday’s devotional, often we’re looking for a grand vision and specific guidance, but God just wants us to get off our duff and do something. He has given us skills and abilities and opportunities. He has given us a mind with which we can think, and evaluate, and decide, and He has outlined for us the Biblical boundaries within which He wants us to stay. Beyond that we just need to use our judgment, make some choices, and get moving.
One of the things I love about President Teddy Roosevelt, and the reason he has become one of my role models in life, is because he was a doer of deeds. He got stuff done. He wasn’t tentative and indecisive. He considered, he evaluated, he made a decision, and he moved. He once wrote, “I have always had a horror of words that are not translated into deeds, of speech that does not result in action.”
Of course you should seek God’s guidance. You should pray, search Scripture, consider circumstances, discuss it with friends, and give God some time to speak to you if He wants to. Just don’t get stuck there. Don’t use, “I’m waiting for God’s guidance” as an excuse for doing nothing when you should be doing something.
Most of the time God just wants you to make your best decision and get moving. Just do something.