Effective Personal Management

“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Proverbs 10:4. Here we are admonished as to how to conduct our lives, our business, our children and our finances. The word ‘slack’ here in the Hebrew also means idle, dull or slothful. In other words, Solomon was speaking here of someone who was either doing nothing (sitting idle) or was ‘putting off to tomorrow what should be done today.’ With God, timing is everything. Many times we think God is moving too slow because we want something to happen immediately. Not only do we like fast food, but we want the fast food concept applied to our prayers and anything else we want. But when it comes to facing a problem or confronting a situation we shy away and drag our feet. Sometimes we miss our ‘window of opportunity’ because we do not take care of a situation when we have a chance.
Our best approach is to pray and get the mind of God as to not only what to do but when to do it. Then we have to take care of it in God’s time. Since His timing is always right, regardless of what we think, He will have prepared the atmosphere to be most receptive to a solution of the problem in our best interest. Sometimes because we are angry, a good night’s sleep puts us in a better condition to confront that troublesome issue. That is our spirit recognizing that in our anger we might not clearly think through what we need to say in order to be effective in what we say. In that case, hesitation was correct, even if we did not pray it through.
“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.’ Proverbs 12:24. The Hebrew word used here for ‘diligent’ means incisive, sharp and earnest. In order to the ‘head and not the tail’, we need to be diligent in all that we do. We need to be sharp (ever alert) concerning all of what God has given us oversight, whether that is job, family, ministry, assets or relationships. To a certain extent, we are the shepherd over that which God has put us in charge. The good shepherd is always alert as to some thing trying to steal his sheep (asset, family). He can’t just check on the sheep every third day whether he needs to or not. He must keep an eye on them constantly. Since we are shepherds, we need to stay alert, we can not be asleep at the wheel. “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” Proverbs 6:10-11.
Why are we not successful in business? With our family? In our ministry? Because we are not diligent in taking care of the things that need to be taken care of, when they need to be taken care of. A little crack in the dike can be plugged rather easily when first it appears, but after a while, what was a trickle has become a stream and the repair is expensive. Grandma was right, an ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure. We need to take care of things in God’s timing so we can be diligent and prosper rather than being slothful and poor.

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