Text: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” – Proverbs 22:29.
Comment: There are numerous instances of men who by dint of hard work have attained positions of honour in society. Early in their lives they cultivated and applied the virtue of diligence in their studies and learning some trades without allowing the fleeing time to pass them by. Today, they are reaping materially the fruits of their diligence and labour, holding responsible top posts in their endeavours.
A student, either in the academics or in vocational training, has an ambition to be promoted from one class to another or from one stage or level to another in the academic or vocational training ladder. He knows that this will depend on his diligence and hard work, rather than resorting to examination malpractices, bribery and corruption, or any fraudulent act as some ungodly persons are doing. Some foolish and wayward women and girls take pleasure in establishing immoral relationship with their teachers or instructors so as to be favoured and promoted. Such promotions gained through ungodly means or the price of forfeiting one’s self-respect are not from God. And unless those involved repent thoroughly, they will be punished by God. Those promoted on merit are always a happy people. They have the satisfaction of a clear conscience that they have proved themselves worthy of their promotion, and their feeling is that of self-confidence by the grace of God. – Proverbs 12:27; Acts 24:16.