Diligence

I started reading a library book while I ate lunch. It’s due today and I know the grace period is three days. I planned on reading one chapter while I ate.

I felt a little guilty as I started chapter 2, but figured I wasn’t hurting anything. Then my conscience reminded me that it was not what I was supposed to be doing. Everyone else finished lunch and went back to work.

I reflected on the first verse we read today.

2 Samuel 11:1, “In the spring of the year, when kings normally went out to war, David…sent…the Israelite army to fight…However, David stayed behind…” NLT

He wasn’t working, but taking naps instead, v. 2! It was after a nap that he saw Bathsheba. Temptations come when we are not doing what we are supposed to be doing.

There is always time for me to read at the end of the day. Reading in the middle of the afternoon is not a good use of my time. I have to remember that I work for God.

We all work for God. Some of us have bosses, supervisors, or managers that we report to; but ultimately we answer to God. When we yield to temptation, we sin against God.

David recognized that in Psalms 51:4, “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned…” That Psalm is a good example of repentance. To repent is to turn around and go the opposite way.

The book is closed and I am back to work.

Dear Jesus,

Forgive me for wasting time. Even when we are not paid for a job, we need to still give you our best. Thank you for forgiveness and your mercies, which are new every morning.

Amen

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