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Date: January 18

Category: Prosperity

Proverbs 27:23-27
"Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds; for riches are not forever; does a crown endure to all generations? When the hay is gone, the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountain are gathered in, the lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats [will furnish you] the price of a field. And there will be goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance of your maids."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiIt says here that not only are you supposed to know the state of your flocks, you are to look well to your herds. In this case, what do your herds represent? They represent the source of your income! So make sure you do your job well. It says that through that, you will get clothing [verse 26]. Notice what the second part of verse 26 says, "…and the goats [will furnish you] the price of a field." In other words, the job that you have will provide you with the money needed to buy property. So according to this verse, when you earn money, the primary purpose of that money is to buy property. Then it says in verse 27, "And there will be goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance of your maids." So you will have enough to meet all your needs.

That's why it's so important that you look well after your job. If you have a boss, you have to serve that boss. You are to do everything required to complete the job with honesty, integrity, diligence, and hard work. Looking well after your job really means doing your job to the best of your ability. Through that job, you will find money to buy food, clothes, property, etc. Most people think that when they earn money, that money is theirs to spend however way they please, and because of that, they struggle. Some have struggled because they've squandered their money, and others have struggled because they did not look well after their herds, meaning they didn't look well after their job (their source of income). So, make sure you're doing your best at your workplace, even when your boss doesn't see you. How well you look after your flock and your herds will determine how well you will feed and clothe yourself, how well you will pay your servants, and how great your property will be.

It says in verse 24, "For riches are not forever; does a crown endure to all generations?" In other words, if we don't know the state of our work and look well after it, if we aren't diligent, then we might not have a job for long. Any kind of work you do must be completed to the best of your ability. If you don't make progress and if you don't grow, then you are actually stagnating.

We should all view the opportunities before us as a way to improve ourselves. Don't just wait for things to happen. Create your own opportunities and use those opportunities as a way to improve yourself and the situations around you. It's important to really put forth your best effort and not just wait for instruction. Always try to come up with ways to improve your job and benefit your employer. When you do that, not only will your position be secure, but promotions will also come.

A lot of people want a raise, but they aren't willing to put forth more effort in order to get that raise. It says in the Scriptures that a person who is diligent and skillful in his work will go before kings. God will open doors for those who are diligent in their work. It's your work that's going to make all the difference in your life. It's your work that will determine how successful you become. So make sure you always look well after your herds; look well after your job, your source of income. Always give your best effort in the job you have. It is through that job that you will be able to buy property and meet all the other needs you have in life.

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