4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Psalm 49:1-20
Proverbs 22:20-21

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Ecclesiastes 10:10 (CSB): “If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Imagine that someone is using an ax to cut down a tree. That ax, at one time, was razor sharp. When it was aimed at the side of the tree, it always sliced deeply into the wood.

But, after much use, it had become dull. The edge was no longer sharp.

Here’s the question: Whick takes more effort to cut the tree down, the guy with the razor sharp ax or the guy with the dull ax? The answer is clear, isn’t it? The duller the ax becomes, the more effort is required.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 (CSB): “If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.”

This is a very simple principle to understand and it applies to so many areas of our life.

It essentially means that there are times that you need to stop working in order to get things back into good working order. While there may be much work to be done, you are doing yourself a favor in that ‘downtime’ because you are rejuvenating the resources.

This principle applies to so many areas of life:

Take one day off a week (Sabbath) to get rested and rejuvenated for the next week (Exodus 20:8–11). You will be much more effective in the other six days if you rest (sharpen the axe) on the seventh.

Read or take a course to improve a needed skill. Even though you are not working during the self-improvement (sharpening the axe), it will enable you to be much more effective when you get back to work.

Essentially, that last point was what Solomon was encouraging in our Verse for Today. While taking time out of your busy schedule to read and gain wisdom may be looked down on by others (maybe some would consider it to be laziness), it is a brilliant use of time if your intention is to gain information in order to be more effective when you are working.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 (CSB): “If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.”

Look for those areas of your life in which you are much less effective than you used to be. Consider why you are having to exert more energy just to accomplish what once took much less effort. When you discover what has grown dull from use, “sharpen the ax.”

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