Scripture Focus: The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. – Poverbs 20:4 ESV
Does it seem that maybe a lot of people these days expect to get something for nothing? Like they expect everyone else to do the work but feel entitled to receive the rewards of that hard work.
Don’t get me wrong, I realize there are people out there who would like to work but for some reason aren’t physically or mentally able to do so. I’m not speaking of these people.
So let’s break down this bible verse a bit more:
Sluggard – a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.
Plow – (1)to till the soil or work with a plow. (2)to proceed in a slow, laborious, and steady manner.
(defintions from Dictionary.com)
So, the lazy person does not work in the autumn; he will look for a harvest but won’t have a thing.
This may not speak in a way that we are used to now so a modern take on this verse:
A lazy person doesn’t do any work and looks around at other people, the ones who have been working, and feels slighted because the working people have they’re needs met and can afford the nicer things in life while that habitually lazy or inactive person struggles to get by.
I am going to pretty much turn over the subject of working and laziness to God’s word in the Bible:
The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases daydreams lacks sense. – Proverbs 12:11 TLV
The slacker’s soul craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent soul will be satisfied. – Proverbs 13:4 TLV
The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy will become forced labor. – Proverbs 12:24 TLV
In all hard work there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. -Proverbs 14:23 TLV
Go to the ant, you slacker—consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler. Yet it prepares its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. – Proverbs 6:6-8 TLV
But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially those in his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. – 1 Timothy 5:8 TLV
The Lord will not let the righteous go hungry, but He denies the wicked what they crave. Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches. The son who gathers during summer is prudent; the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful. – Proverbs 10:3-5 HCSB
So, let’s do the work God has given us to do! And we shouldn’t focus on feeling discontented with what we have or don’t have that we think would make us happier, we shouldn’t be jealous of others – let’s focus first on God and at the most simple the life He has given us. He will provide everything we need.
Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58 TLV
as we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 TLV
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal.- Matthew 6:20 TLV
We should fix our eyes above and store up treasures in heaven and not in our lives here on earth.