Solomon is famed to be one of the richest men that ever lived on this earth, and a careful study of his life would reveal that the source of his wealth can be tied to his wisdom and depth of insight. It was through his wisdom that he was able to write over three thousand proverbs and over a thousand inspirational songs. He embarked on great building projects, owned so much real estate, twelve thousand thoroughbred horses, and had merchant operations that will rival any conglomerate of today.
The Bible records the source of his depth of wisdom to a wise request he made from God after sacrificing a thousand bulls. He was made king and sacrificed burnt offerings in honor of God, and when he was given a ‘blank check’ for a request, he asked for wisdom to rule. His priority was not wealth, military prowess, victory in battles or any of such. He figured that if he had the know how for everything in life, he could achieve anything in life (1 Kings 3:1-15).
This principle is at the crux of every success in life. Solomon says “Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.” (Prov.4:7 ISV). We can take a cue from this and frame our lives for success. One of the success keys as laid out for us in the proverbs of Solomon is diligence.
The dictionary.com defines diligence as “constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” However, diligence is not just hard work and persistent effort. It also involves a wise application of effort, or working smart. It involves acquiring the highest knowledge of the task at hand and applying it to the undertaking.
Here are seven rewards of diligence that Solomon highlights for us:
In Proverbs 14:23, he says , “There is profit in all labor…”. In any situation of life, marriage, career, business, raising children etc, if you apply the principle of diligence which involves acquiring deep knowledge and applying it persistently in the different areas of your life you will see profitable results. Hence if you are not getting rewarding profits in the different areas of your life, you have not been diligent enough.
In Proverbs 21:5, he says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” A diligent person is concerned with process rather than quick results. As a result such a person is able to build lasting increase and abundance. The process of wealth building is a marathon and not a sprint. Being a diligent person will keep you far away from scams and get rich quick schemes.
3. Leadership & Influence
Diligent hands rule! (Prov.12:24). A diligent person will rise to the area of leadership in the areas of diligence. If you are looking to get promoted in your job, diligently apply yourself in the area of your career. The same principle applies in other areas of life. Life rewards the diligent with leadership and influence so don’t be slack.
Those who work diligently in their field of expertise will find fulfillment. Proverbs 28:19 says, “He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread…” If you are feeling empty the solution is not just to quit and live in frustration. Go out in search of knowledge and persistently apply what you have learned, and in due time you will begin to eat the bread of satisfaction.
Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see someone skilled (diligent) in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”
When a person of authority speaks people listen. They are able to make decisions and have people follow. Such authority is good in effecting change in the world around us. If you are looking to make an impact in the lives of those around you, you must be diligent to rise to a place of authority. Diligence in your craft will exalt you far above the realm of mediocrity and put you in the corridors of power.
6. Ever Increasing Success
Success is a deliberate effort. Those who have a lucky break without ever having a careful plan towards success usually end up in the pits again. To continued efforts of the diligent eventually reap for them a harvest of perpetual increase. Proverbs 13:11, “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.” Consistency is the key to breakthrough for the diligent.
7. A Prosperous Soul
Proverbs 13:4 “…the soul of the diligent shall be made fat”
Fatness speaks of a prosperous or healthy soul. It is all round satisfaction and a sense of completeness. Your thoughts and demeanor will be positive. The energy you radiate towards people will be positive, and it is the key to having the charisma to win with people. Diligence in any area of life helps develop a confident demeanor.