Inspiration versus Perspiration

Why is it that verses like this ~

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

make me feel all warm and fuzzy;

While verses like this ~

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Proverbs 18:9

make me want to squirm?

There are, after all, written one right after the other in this chapter of Proverbs.

I think some days, the Lord

gets tired of my quest for emotional inspiration,

and instead wants to

measure my obedience by the sweat of my brow!

My goal today:  to work diligently.  (The sweat is just going to happen on its own – it is, after all, July in Florida!)

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