Proverbs 10:4 -“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
Diligence and perseverance are a lot alike in that the key in both is continuing in, refusing to give up that which we’re working for or towards. Romans 5:3 tells us that suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. The suffering in diligence comes in keeping our flesh in obedience to the spirit, to God’s Word, and/or to the course or plan that’s been established. It’s getting up out of bed when you don’t want to; staying at a task when you want to give it up and “call it a day”, etc. But when we keep our flesh, which includes our egos and attitudes under subjection or in obedience, we gain character and strength. The more we practice it, the stronger our character (new nature) becomes. Of course, then there is also hope; hope of gaining in strength, wisdom and power, as well as hope of achieving the desired result or obtaining the desired goal.
This holds true in every area of life; in everything we undertake, and in every struggle we have or battle we fight. Diligence is a key factor. Imagine lobbying a volley of stones at the enemy and then sitting down to do nothing further. Who will win that battle?
Diligence is the principle behind household chores, homework, repeated drills, etc. Continuous effort and practice brings and maintains progress and stability and strength. Progress, stability and achievement of the goal are the wealth brought about by diligence; be that goal financial, emotional or personal, mental, physical, or spiritual. Example: Dealing with a bad temper and/or cursing – It’s a daily battle, and the struggle may last for a few years-there may be relapses. But with diligence, even if we relapse, the goal is attainable and we will eventually win the battle. Jesus has already set us free from those things-but obtaining/maintaining that freedom in our lives is up to us to walk in that victory.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” and to “run the race marked for us with perseverance.” If I’m trying to stay sober, clean, clean-mouthed, positive, etc., I’m going to rid myself of things, people, attitudes and thoughts that could cause me to relapse or stumble. I’m not hanging out in bars or with people who are drinking, using drugs, cursing, or speaking negatively, etc. Hebrews 12:12&13 says, “Therefore strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather, healed. I will have ready and accessible things that will help me and encourage and strengthen me, such as sober, clean, clean-mouthed and positive people, affirmations and encouraging, uplifting words, things that comfort and inspire me and truths (God’s Word, information, facts about my situation/whatever I’m dealing with) that will pull me back and keep me on track.Part of being diligent is diligently filling ourselves (heart, mind, and soul) with the truths, affirmations, encouragements and comforts we need to remain strong and overcome, achieve or attain. You have to stir yourself up; be your own cheerleader. King David did this all throughout the Psalms. Jesus told us to guard our hearts because from them spring the issues of life. The Bible also tells us that a merry heart makes a cheerful countenance; and that we should think on things that are lovely, worthy of praise, etc.-things that are uplifting and encouraging. That’s because they build us up and strengthen us.
Scripture references are from the International Bible Society New International Version Bible