Coffee w/t Solomon
Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Devotion 32 The Hard Worker and The Lazy Sluggard
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well. Well, this week Paul joins us in our time with Solomon as they discuss the difference between working hard and being lazy. Let’s top up our coffees and see what they have to say…
The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on. (Proverbs 16:26)
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:25-26)
Proverbs 10:4; 10:26; 12:11; 12:14; 12:27; 13:4; 14:23; 15:19; 18:9; 19:24; 20:4; 22:13; 22:29; 24:40; 26:13-16; 28:19
There’s a fine line between being a hard working person and a workaholic, and between resting and being lazy. Living the balance is always the best way, but not always easy. There is a saying that goes, “Work hard, play hard,” which I believe sums up a proper attitude towards how we are to live our days.
We need to work. God made us to be productive and to ‘do’ something. He has given us gifts and abilities which we need to use for the good of our families and others. There is no greater sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction than putting in an honest day’s work. For many people, they may consider their work, to consist of many hours in an occupation that provides the means by which to have a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. However, our work also consists of the necessary tasks to properly fulfill all the duties of the different responsibilities or offices that we hold, like spouse, parent, or child. In all aspects of life we must be good stewards with all God has blessed us, and work at caring for the people and things with which God has entrusted each of us. By remembering that our daily work needs to encompass all of these areas of our life, hopefully, will keep us from focusing too much in one area and fall in to a workaholic state of being. Remember: God did not bless you with employment to allow your family and marriage to fall apart. In God’s eyes, your marriage and family are your first priorities and your employment is a gift in order to support them. Live in such a way as to let your employment and all you do be a blessing in your relationships with your family members. And above all, “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
On the other hand, by not working, by not being a proper steward of all the people and things he has entrusted to us, by being lazy, we are not fulfilling all that God desires from us. And as a result of our own actions, we will not- we cannot- even obtain what we need in order to maintain all that is needed for this earthly life, let alone survive it mentally and physically. May we not be as the servant in the Parable of the Bags of Gold where the master replies, “You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:26-29).
Therefore, with all that each day holds for you, may you “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. (Ephesians 6:7-8) And by doing so, may God commend to you “the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:15
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to do all that you would have me do this day. Help me to care for those you have put in my life. Help me not to be neglectful nor lazy, but wise and diligent. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!