The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 13:4 (KJV)
Ever felt like you just kept trying and you never got anywhere? This thought is in my head today regarding the common used saying, "I'm trying... God knows I'm trying".
Growing up as an athlete I learned a lot about persistence and determination. I learned that few will give you the benefit of the doubt and even fewer will give you third chances if even seconds. If you are going to do something you give it your 110% and go down fighting because people won't give you what you don't deserve.
Living for God I have found this to be true as well. When we have to say "I'm trying... God knows I'm trying" is usually when we need to justify ourselves or defend our actions. It is then that we are really not giving it are all and we feel we need to make an excuse for our mistake or our lack of diligence.
So I've found that when I'm truly giving all to God and doing all I can then He will do the rest. I don't want to be a sluggard and just keep wanting and wanting but never receiving because I will not be diligent.
Sometimes we can try so hard to defend our weaknesses and never defend those things in our lives that matter. We become a sluggard who desires all the right things but we never get anywhere because the things that will make us fat we are not willing to be diligent for.
It is time for us to arise and say I'm not going to think anymore. As an athlete they tell you that when your legs feel like rubber that you push through it and don't give in. Well when you feel like you can't take anymore in life I encourage you to push through because you will find the strength of God when you truly become diligent. The scripture does say that you will run and not grow weary.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I believe that waiting is really not a matter of sitting there and doing nothing. It is a matter of going through in God's strength and knowing that soon He will reward your diligence and give you the strength.
If we keep going through life thinking that it just isn't God's time we will just be a sluggard who desires but has nothing. Instead of the diligent soul that gets fat because they wouldn't give up.
By faith we pray for healing and we ask for wisdom but we won't be diligent when we need to wait and trust He will come through. We just give up and become the soul that just desires and has nothing.
God will give you the strength to go through it if you keep fighting for what is right and doing the right things. Don't give up on the promises and the blessings of God.
I believe God wants to make you fat He wants to give you all the desires of your heart but sometimes we give up the fight to easy. In the world we don't want to get fat but in God we should desire to be fat with all that which is good for our spiritual walk.
I pray today as you read this that God increases your strength to be diligent for the things of God. That He will bless your faithfulness and that He will give you strength to mount up on eagles wings. It is God's desire for you to see what He sees from the heights that only and eagle can go but for Him to give that to you and make you fat like He desires that means we must be able to say "We tried and it paid off... God knows we didn't give up".