Get your outside work done;
make preparations in the field;
then you can build your house.
The author of Proverbs is saying that there is a certain order to things. Prepare first, then build. This is something we’ve been taught even throughout our time in school: make an outline before writing your paper, write pseudocode before writing code (shoutout to CS students), etc! This concept is not new, but if I’m being honest, rarely did I ever do those things as a student. We live in a world of instant gratification, fast food, credit cards, instant noodles, quick oats…you get the picture.
This verse encourages patient diligence and Jesus has modeled this for us perfectly. God prepared a body for Jesus (Heb 10:5) and He completed His work on earth, Jesus prepares a place for us (John 14:2-3) and will return to save us.
Lord, thanks for reminding us of the value of patient diligence and the importance of hard work. Help us resist the temptation of instant gratification and laziness. Make us people who reflect and honor You in the work that we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.