23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
Diligence is productivity, but it is also stewardship. It is one thing to establish a relationship, and quite another to maintain it. More sheep meant more wealth in the days in which this was written, just as possessions are an expression of wealth today. But they also mean more responsibility. What good is it to have a thing, only for it to slip through your fingers? With relationships, income, and even time itself – the most common error is the failure to pay attention to where things are going.
“For riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.” It is tempting to assume that the more money you have, the less responsible you need to be. This attitude applies to all sorts of things; the beautiful need not develop discipline, the healthy need not take care of their bodies, the comfortable need not pursue the Lord. This attitude is the essence of folly. For beauty fades, health deteriorates, and no one can escape mortality. Make the most of what you have, because all of it is limited. Or as Moses prayed: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”