‘Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.’ Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Ruth was working as a farmhand when Boaz picked her to be his wife. Elisha was ploughing his fields when Elijah hired him to be his assistant. Peter, James and John were fishing when Jesus chose them to be disciples. God calls people with a proven work ethic. Not once did Jesus call lazy people, or those sitting around waiting for their big break. In God’s eyes there are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. Whether you’re the caretaker or the CEO, ‘…it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.’ (1 Corinthians 4:2 NAS) God will only give you more when you’ve proven yourself with what you’ve got. The Bible says, ‘He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.’ (Proverbs 10:4 NKJV) ‘The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.’ (Proverbs 13:4 NKJV) ‘Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings…’ (Proverbs 22:29 NKJV) Blessing follows work just as surely as reaping follows sowing. ‘The Lord will command the blessing on…all to which you set your hand…’ (Deuteronomy 28:8 NKJV) God blesses dreams, but not daydreamers. You’ve got to get up and go to work! ‘Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.’ (Genesis 2:15 NKJV) When God made Adam He put him to work, because productivity is essential to self-esteem. So discern where you belong, work hard, then when something needs to be done God will know where to find you.
SoulFood: Ezek 31-33, Luke 20:20-26, Ps 27, Pr 20:5-6