13 February, 2008

More Than Desire

As many of us are accustomed to doing, I was reading in the book of Proverbs this morning in chapter 13 that corresponds to today's date.

God pointed out many verses in this rich chapter, one of them being verse 10, which is one of my favorite marriage verses. But today God really brought my attention to verse 4.

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

I was reminded again of the fact that desiring something, and actually realizing it are two different things.

Lots of people desire things to be different in their lives, and yet year after year things go on in the same manner. Why?

The second half of the verse gives us the key in contrast. Everyone desires, but sluggards desire and have nothing. The soul of the diligent desires too, and is made fat because they act in obedience to God's instruction.

So really that is the difference isn't it? Everyone desires, but the diligent act, and therefore realize their desires (Godly desires that is...).

Learning Spanish is a great example of this concept. In our Language School, everyone here desires to learn Spanish. But who will actually see that desire realized? Only those that are diligent to study and practice.

Are there positive things or changes you have desired for your life for a long time now that have never come to pass? Are you being diligent to follow God's direction in order to see those desires realized?

When we desire those things consistent with the Word of God, God will direct you in how to diligently act in obedience. Then the ball is in your court. Sluggard or Diligent?

Psalm 37:4

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