Book: Proverbs 21
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
Living in an instant culture there are many temptation to take shortcuts. It seems speedy at the time to take a short cut but in the long run it can hurt either our physical health, financial health, spiritual health, and reputation. Delaying instant gratification by spending time planning and putting the work in that is needed provides positive results.
This proverb is applicable in so many areas of one’s life. Spending time in God’s Word studying it and meditating on it will strengthen one’s spiritual life. It is good to listen to a pastor teach on the Bible but it is even better if the listener themselves get regularly into the word. Pastors and preachers often will say that they get more out of their sermon/message than any of their listeners as they have put the time in studying. Relying on the pastor to give all the spiritual food for a person is taking a short cut. God wants to speak directly to that individual through His word. This creates intimacy with God.
Sometimes, after taking our family to a restaurant which is rare, I look at the total of the bill and calculate how many home cooked meals that would have paid for. Or with some planning and work, we could have had an even better meal at home at half the cost. Some people eat out several times a week and live pay cheque to pay cheque always wondering why they are not getting ahead. A little planning goes a long way. Eating out on a regular basis can be a shortcut to providing the nourishment one’s body needs but may result in physical and financial poverty.
Take time to ask the Lord if there are any “shortcuts” that you may be tempted to take that will result in poverty. Then ask Him to show you how to plan and work hard in that area.