Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 (NLT)
Read: Proverbs 14:23 (NLT)
Listen: Proverbs 14 (NIV)
It is incredible what we can do when we “find our work gloves” and go at it. The Israelite exiles experienced this as they rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. They set to work to repair the destroyed city and walls. Even in the face of ridicule, they “rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart” (Nehemiah 4:6). They completed the wall in just 52 days with back-breaking building. Words were no substitute for hard work.
We can learn from this. It’s easy to sit around talking about every emotional, social or political issue—thinking this has any impact on the problem. No amount of words will get a job done. As Pastor Jeff Manion explains in the video clip below, we need to “find our work gloves” and get to work. Maybe this means putting in the work necessary to reconnect with a distant spouse or offering to help the neighbor down the street whose property needs some attention. Perhaps it means spending more time in God’s presence studying his Word and asking for his wisdom more regularly.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Take a step forward. Ask your Father for wisdom in determining where you need to “find your work gloves.” Don’t wait and just talk about it. Get to work!
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