Contributor: Joshua Rowe
Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
We are cultured to believe that if we work hard enough then we will see success, but that is not true. Hard work does not guarantee success, the only thing that does is wisdom. The first time that I recognized this was when I took Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Although I studied for 4 to 5 hours per day over a 7 month period, there was no guarantee that I would pass. In fact the day before the exam I took a self-administered practice exam and failed miserably. However, I drew wisdom from that experience and crafted an exam strategy that gave me success in the exam the next day. One of my colleagues that worked equally as hard was not as fortunate and ended up failing.
Hard work is important but does not guarantee you success. There are many that have worked hard all their life and did not get the success that they want. Your only guarantee of success is to acquire the wisdom needed for success. Thinking that your hard work is sufficient to take you to your promised land is man-made wisdom that Proverbs 23:4 encourages us to cease from. The wisdom you need is hidden in the principles of God and His instructions as well as the guidance of a mentor that has done what you are looking to do.
Life Application: Enlist a mentor and follow hard after God principles and instructions; that is how success is guaranteed.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to seek after wisdom in everything that I do. Help me to work smarter and not harder. Teach me your ways and let me drink from your fountain of wisdom. In Jesus name,amen.