The Sluggard and the Adulterer

Benjamin Franklin warns on my calendar today, “Well done is better than well said.” The related Bible verse, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things (Matthew 25:23).’” Proverbs 6, my reading for today, has much to say also about “the sluggard” and the folly of adultery. The sluggard is too lazy to act and the adulterer acts too quickly, violating another. It seems that just “doing” is not the point of Mr. Franklin’s quote but our doing must be done in faithfulness. Notice, faithfulness is not tied to riches ie doing a lot to accumulate a lot. Faithfulness in the little things that are so easy to slip past or put off until tomorrow or perhaps as with the case of the adulterer are so available to do to fulfill the desire of now rather than wait and work out the long term relationship with a partner. As we chaff at the restrictions of sheltering against an enemy we cannot see, perhaps these quotes are actually very applicable. The sluggard does not act, counting on tomorrow and time. The adulterer grabs the time now for the desire of the moment. Faithfulness implies action over time, tempered with commitment to the other, in small and large tasks. May we be found faithful today in the small or large challenges we face but may the words of our mouth also be gentle and turn away wrath. Blessings as you are faithful!

(I will post the Daniel study at noon.)

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