Today we look at another Proverb that relates specifically to business. It is amazing how many scriptures talk about business if you just look for them.
You have to remember that in ancient times, the work system was set up differently than it is today. If you wanted to make money, you found something to make or sell. Most of the population was some sort of business person whether they were a doctor, farmer, fisherman, or carpenter.
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
Let’s look at this verse in different translations like we did in our first business Bible verse Proverb:
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” Proverbs 21:5 KJV, King James Version
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance and advantage, but everyone who acts in haste comes surely to poverty. ” Proverbs 21:5 AMP, Amplified Bible
“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” Proverbs 21:5 MSG, The Message
What does this business Bible verse tell us?
I have seen many businesses jump too soon only to find they were not prepared. They got caught up in trying to make a quick buck and they forgot the purpose of business is to help people and make money.
Planning, however, does not need to be done so much that no action is taken. It is important to implement what you have planned. The truth in this scripture is found between planning an action. Let me explain.
Plans lead to profit, success, plenteousness, abundance, and advantage (all from the above scriptures). Yet, none of that could happen until you put into practice what you are planning.
I did some digging and the word for ‘diligence’ in the original Hebrew language has many meanings: “sharp, sharp pointed, strict decision, trench, moat or ditch.” If you look at those words, they do not say, planner. These are words of action. You have to be sharp and make decisions. You must be in the trenches and take action where you are.
What can we do about this Bible verse?
Do your due diligence and study what you need to do for your business. What steps will it take to take you to the next level? What do you need to learn? What policies and procedures do you need to have in place?
Once you decide what you need, do it! Don’t spend more time trying figure out all the ins and outs. Start taking action on what you know and fill in the blanks as you go. Then, you are not acting in haste, you are acting in knowledge.
After you have started planning, take one of the Bible verses above and memorize it. Make scripture part of who you are each and every day. Make scripture the foundation that grows your business.