Diligence can mean the difference between life and death, or destruction and construction. Both of which is determined by how much diligence you either have or lack. To get a better understanding, let us examine the definition of the word diligence. Using the Merriam Webster Dictionary, diligence is defined as followed:
Definition of DILIGENCE
: persevering application : assiduity
: the attention and care legally expected or required of a person (as a party to a contract)
: careful and continued hard work
One aspect we see here is persevering. Persevering is the ability one has to continue going regardless of the difficulty of the task, mission, etc. When you first enter into this walk, it can be perceived as a honeymoon phase. This phase can be likened unto a similitude in the book of Revelation when John received the little book from the angel.
Revelation 10:10 “And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”
You feel good knowing who you are, having an identity. You feel good having a sense of fulfillment and purpose or drive in your life that you may not have had before. But then that strong flame starts to flicker into a low fire. Now you are faced with the reality of keeping the laws. Faced with the loss and ex-communication of family members, and friends that felt that you were in a cult or doing the wrong thing. Faced with the countless number of job losses or missed job opportunities all because you couldn’t keep 1 or more aspects of the law.
For some this becomes unbearable, too difficult to withstand. So the knowledge and wisdom they once saw as a blessing, becomes a curse more terrible then the curses (outlined in Deuteronomy chapter 28:15-68) they had the understanding they were always under to begin with.
1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
These things happen, and will happen, to prove who is really diligent; who has what it takes to persevere through the affliction. I will give you a similitude. A teacher shared some stories with his students to teach them a lesson. He told them how there was a man that desired to lose weight. He bought all new garments for the occasion, and said in his heart, “Nothing will sway me away.” But when he began to run he started to perspire and became hot, even heavy of breath. So he left off and returned unto his place. There was also a woman, who began to prepare a meal gotten from far off. She baked that which she saw fit in the oven and in the frying pan. She said, “I will provide for my children and my husband.” But the heat from the oven and the frying pan overcame the woman and she put out the flame and left off from her duty.
And the teacher said, “Which one of you here cleans a house and then bring dirt back in? Or throws away a good costly garment, to go out and purchase that which was thrown away?” And the students replied, “None”. By now you may have realized, this is exactly what the Israelite man and woman does when their fire of diligence burns out. They start, but don’t finish. They clean up their temple just to dirty it back up. They throw away all the unclean clothes, food, just to buy them again.
Titus 3:8 “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
The Most High let it be known, he told us we have to be careful, we have to be diligent and maintain good works. He wouldn’t give us those words of wisdom in vain. He knows us, we start off good but our works often times end up like a roller-coaster ride.
Joshua 22:5 “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
We have to make sure we are being attentive and our works show our care and concern for not only our own salvation, but the uplifting of our nation. One team, one fight, we are all Israel, and each other’s keeper. But it starts with the individual being careful in his and her walk and doing what it takes to keep the law.
Psalm 64:6 “They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.”
We have to make sure that our mind isn’t focused on finding ways to sin. In the world, that is all you see. People trying to find out the best way to rob you, and take what you have. They plot to find the best way to commit adultery by keeping aware of the best time that spouse will be away to reduce that chances of getting caught. Our people are diligent in those areas, but do not think about how to diligently keep the law.
You can see how being diligent is hard work. It’s easier to be slothful and do evil. Before you meditate on that too long, remember how we got in this situation. Doing that “easier” thing, and look where it has gotten us.
Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
It isn’t too hard to see which category we fall under as a nation right now. Our people are the slothful ones and we are under tribute.
Tribute H4522. מַס maç, mas; or מִס miç, mees; from 4549; properly, a burden (as causing to faint), i.e. a tax in the form of forced labor:—discomfited, levy, task(-master), tribute(-tary).
Esau is the diligent, crafty devil ruling over us. If we want to change that and receive our kingdom and all that the Most High has in store for the righteous, we have to apply our diligence unto the laws of the Most High.
2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.