The soul of a lazy desires, and nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. (Proverbs 13:4)
Time To Go To Work
As a point of emphasis, I excluded the words added by the textual students in the passage of today. The beginning of the proverb reads “The soul of a lazy [man] desires, and [has] nothing.” Generally these words are added to help the reading and give a sense of the passage. Seldom will it take away the truth of the scripture but sometimes reading it without filler words lends itself to more understanding.
Lazy folk have a lot of desires and that is about all they have. They want and have not. They wish and receive not. Their needs are great and their rewards are empty. The wise man simply says those too lazy to work or be diligent in life have desires – but nothing. There is in nature the law of contrast that with every action there is a reaction. The action of doing nothing has a reaction of nothing being done. Throughout the wisdom literature the admonition to diligence is repeated over and over again. The slothful hand will gain nothing. Consider the ant and see her industry you lazy man. Poverty comes from those who refuse to be diligent. Playing all day will not get the grass mowed or the supper fixed. Simple lessons about God’s plan for man to be honest in his labors.
The soul of the diligent will be made rich – not necessarily in the monetary way (in most cases that is how it is done though). Riches comes from enjoying the bounty of the harvest. There is nothing more refreshing than sitting down at the supper table enjoying a fine meal knowing the meal came from working hands. We have gotten away from growing our own gardens because if we want corn we go buy a can an open it. Before the advent of the supermarket if you wanted corn you had to grow it. If you did not grow it you did not eat it. In many ways if you did not plow you did not eat. Life was based on what you put into it – W. O. R. K.
The lesson will always be timeless. We need to work to enjoy the bounty. As children of God we are especially designed to be good workers. No Christian should ever be thought of as lazy. The New Testament teaches the importance of industry and being good workers. As we begin to close this week out let’s refresh ourselves to work harder next week. Let our light shine before others that they may see our good works working hard at work! The bed is good for sleeping but two feet on the floor is good for industry. Enjoy Friday. Be rich. Work hard.