Are you hard-working? This time of year there’s a lot of hard work in making sure the decorations are perfect, gifts are what the receiver would want, and faultlessly wrapped boxes are placed neatly around the tree. It can be said the degree of diligence and care a person gives to an activity directly correlates to the person’s heart attitude about the activity.
We are commanded in scripture to be hard-working. We are taught to be diligent about one thing in particular. The instruction is found in Psalm 119:4. It says, “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.” We can understand it to mean the ways of God were given so that we would be instructed to work hard to hear and do all of them.
The author of Psalm 119 is thought to be David who was known as a man after God’s own heart. David’s own heart prayerfully lamented in verse 5, “O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!” He recognized his own tendency to steer away from working hard to know God’s ways and preferences. He knew well, “we all like sheep have gone astray.” If David, such a well-known and used instrument of God, had a hard time being diligent with God’s ways, is there hope for us?
Yes, my friend, there is hope! . . . Read More