Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage.”
Too many times Christians face a battle or an obstacle in life and they determine that they are going to just trust in the Lord and they just sit back and wait Him to do something. Which means that they are going to do nothing.
Doing nothing oftentimes allows the enemy to gain the advantage. Now I know that sometimes the Lord does call us to just wait on Him. Sometimes He does speak to us and say, “Be still and know that I am God.” But even that stillness is not characterized as doing nothing. That stillness is filled with devotion, prayer and the calm assurance that God is in control. That stillness is never filled with a sense of entitlement. God does not want us to just be spiritual couch potatoes.
Trusting in the Lord does not mean rusting in the Lord. We need to remember that our God who protects and provides for us often also allows us to participate.
It is important for Christians to remember to make use of the resources, skills, experience, and gifts that God has given them. My grandfather told me one time, “The Lord feeds the sparrows but He doesn’t drop the worms in the nest.” We need to be diligent and be good stewards of the resources God has given us.
The plans of the diligent do lead to advantage.