Do Not Work Harder Than You Should

Daily Devotional

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Stop trying to apply the wrong solution to the problems that arise in your life. It is wisdom that will give you the outcome that you are looking for.

The story was told of Tom and Jack. Tom worked for a timber company for 5 years and did not get a raise. Jack was newly hired and after a year he was rewarded with a pay increase. Tom was bitter about this and went to his boss wanting to know why after 5 years he did not get a raise, but Jack got a raise. His boss told him that the problem was that he was cutting the same number of trees now as he was 5 years ago and they are a results-oriented company and would be happy to give him a raise if his productivity went up. Tom went back and worked even harder, but his results were not any different, so he went to his boss and shared with him the issue he was having. The boss told him to talk to Jack, because maybe he knows something that they don’t. When he asked Jack how he was able to cut down so many trees, Jack told him after he cut down a tree, he took a break for two (2) minutes and sharpened his axe.

It was Dr. Mike Murdock who said every problem is always a wisdom problem. Tom had a wisdom problem that he was trying to solve by working harder, but that attempt failed. The solution did not come until he applied the wisdom he learnt from Jack.

Like Tom, we can attack the problems in our life by working harder and using up more of our strength only to find all this is futile, because what is needed is wisdom. It is within this context that Ecclesiastics 10:10 says wisdom is profitable to direct. What the scripture was saying was that it is not you putting in more of your strength that will yield the result that you are seeking; it is greater wisdom, so get more wisdom.

Life Application:  Get wisdom by seeking direction from the Holy Spirit, talking to someone who has done what you are looking to do or reading books or doing research. 

Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom to operate in balance in my life. Father, many times I think I will succeed by operating in my strength and by putting in more work. You have proven repeatedly that it’s important to apply wisdom in all situations. So, I commit to operating in wisdom in Jesus name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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