For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
One of the basic lessons of life is that sometimes you have to work hard… so that you receive reward LATER.
Its really a hard concept for our culture of instant gratification. No one really wants to deal with the fact that sometimes we have to WORK first… and receive the reward later.
The wisdom of God has always been about the ‘big picture’. In the end… we get out of life what we put into life. When we focus on the moment we are working hard, but feeling like we are not making it, we are doomed to discouragement. But, when we focus on the moment we are working hard, while knowing that there are incredibly great things ahead, we just might be able to overcome that natural discouragement.
Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing. (Proverbs 20:4)