A Contrast Between Diligence And Laziness

Many years ago there was a pastor who was visiting a very large church in Marietta, Georgia. This pastor was there to try to find out why this church had grown to be so large. The pastor of this large church was very gracious and was giving this visiting pastor a tour of his faci … More

Work

A simple contrast is made between the ability and inability to  keep quiet (v. 23). A fool is prone to blurt forth all that he knows (which may not be much) while a wise man is careful to practice silence in the presence of others. Next we see a contrast between diligence and laziness (v. 24). A person  who  is too lazy to labor at the appropriate time will often be forced at a later time to labor as a slave to earn the bare necessities of life. In contrast the diligent, who take opportunities to work industriously will one day rule over the sluggards.

We find the sluggard pictured as a lazy hunter (v. 27). Even if he does muster up enough energy to get out and kill some game he will run out of gas before he builds a fire and roasts it. In other words, he is just too lazy to cook his own meet. Diligence, however, leads a hunter to value what he works to get. He knows the price of the labor he has invested and appreciates the preciousness of that which he now possesses. Laziness is not a joke as some may picture it to be. It is sin for us to fail to invest our God-given abilities in a productive way for his glory. It is like having a million dollars in our checking account while we let our family starve to death because we refuse to write a check and buy some food.

Application

What Biblical principles have I taught my family concerning work?  (II Thess. 3:10) says, “that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Proverbs 12:20-28 (English Standard Version)

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight. A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly. The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth. In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

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