We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer this daily devotional in the interim. We will resume our study of Mark after the first of the New Year.
The Value of Diligence
“Cast your bread upon the waters, . . . For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1, 2
God designed us for success, but not automatic success. His instructions in this section of Ecclesiastes are challenging to each individual who wants to achieve prosperity in any area of life. At the foundation of His challenge is the demand for diligence.
The challenge is seen when the writer insists, “Cast your bread upon the waters” or “Give a serving to seven, and also to eight,” (v. 1-2). God is shouting for us to start, work hard, and do it! It is as though He is pushing us and saying, “You can do this. It is not beyond you. It is not some special group of people born on the right side of the tracks, or for those from the right families with the right money and the right education. Start! Launch! Try!”
Then God demands, “No excuses!” As the writer of Ecclesiastes says, “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” (v. 4). Don’t wait for the right moment; the right moment is now. Do what you know to do now. Launch and adjust.
Be diligent, and sow your seed in the morning and again in the evening. God demands, “For you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” (v. 6).
Diligence is a strong refusal to quit, with a decision to remain faithful until the desired result is reached, and then to keep on so that you may maintain what’s been gained. There’s no diligence without determination, and there’s no determination without the passion to keep on casting.
Determination is the mind-set, and diligence is doing the work required. Do you have the determination and diligence to do the work God has planned for you?