Proverbs 13 is a goal setter’s go-to scripture. In particular, highlight verses 4, 11, 12, 19 and 25 in your Bible as we briefly study the gem of wisdom behind each of these proverbs.
“The soul of the a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” -Proverbs 13:4
To be diligent is to have or show care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties. It’s about showing up, over and over again, to make what matters happen. I can desire a healthy body all day, every day, but I will never receive it if I don’t apply diligent efforts daily.
“Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.” -Proverbs 13:11
We’re back to the importance of work. But not just any work, but honest work that you’ve done with your own two hands. There are a lot of get rich schemes out there – promises for more Instagram followers, making six figures from home, losing 20 pounds in one week, or the life you’ve always wanted in three easy payments of $100. But the good life you’ve always wanted comes from showing up every day and doing what needs to be done. There are no short cuts and if you use others to get what you want, it will only come back to haunt you.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” -Proverbs 13:12
If you’ve ever achieved a goal you’ve desired, then you know that feeling of accomplishment and pride. It’s a euphoria that I wish could be bottled for a rainy day, because it truly breeds the desire to keep making it happen. Each day I spend time in the Word motivates me the next day and the day after to keep showing up for my quiet time.
If there is a goal you’ve wanted to achieve for a long time, figure out small ways that you can work towards the goal daily. Then, start a chart and track your progress each day to visually see your progress (Lara Casey’s Power Sheets are great for this!).
How do you make what matters happen?
Do you have an example of a desire that came true?
“A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.” -Proverbs 13:19
There are some habits that we know are harmful to us, especially our spiritual health, yet we can’t imagine ever truly giving them up. Whether it’s a R-rated tv show, junk food, lust, envy or a dozen other things.
I prayed over the second portion of this verse for awhile because it truly did not make any sense to me or even how it fit in with a desire accomplished. That’s when God reminded me of how truly sweet it was to my soul to depart from a bad habit I struggled with for a long time. It’s the triumph and freedom you feel when you depart from a dependence on sugar, pornography, an abusive partner, body insecurities, etc…Because you probably spent a lifetime appalled at the thought of life without it, but then God came in with His sweet grace and lovingkindness and you could finally breathe again.
What do you think about this verse?
Have you lived out this verse in any area of your life?
“The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.” -Proverbs 13:25
There are people to whom nothing is ever enough. They keep buying bigger houses and cars, fancier designer labels and are constantly in search of making more money and growing their wealth. As Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4, we must be satisfied in all seasons of life, because we know that only God can fully satisfy our souls. Only then will what we have be enough – from our bank accounts to our beauty.