Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed. – Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NLT)
While cutting the grass recently, I noticed that the lawnmower was leaving a line of grass uncut. This required mowing over the same spot twice. The 42 inch lawnmower at best was cutting 21 inches and required twice the time. The solution was of course to stop and replace the blades or at least sharpen them. The problem is this takes time and requires planning: pick up the blades, schedule time to change them out, etc. Of course, over the long haul new blades will cut better and make the job go faster.
In life, we often run out of the house with “dull blades”. We fail to spend time in God’s word because we have too much to do or we didn’t plan time for it. This works for a while but soon we find ourselves working in our own wisdom and power. James 1:5 says we can ask God and He will give us wisdom. The Scriptures provide insight and principles for life. Whether it is changing blades on the lawnmower or sharpening the ax, we will be more effective when we take time to meet with God and listen to what He has to say. Are you keeping your blade (life) sharp? Spend time with God each day and you will succeed with the plans He has for you.