Did you know we can cheat ourselves out of having what we need? This saying draws a picture of a lazy person’s field where his resources don’t grow well and his boundaries aren’t sound. That means animals and people can easily get into his business. Their laziness robs them.
“I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense. Thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a thief, and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 24:30-34 NIV).
He comes to poverty because he’d rather “chill” than take care of his own affairs.
Because of the way I was raised, being lazy hasn’t been much of a temptation for me. But there is one aspect to this I have struggled with – refusing to work hard and calling it “trusting God.” Oh, ouch!
This is what pried me loose from my misguided laziness-mixed-with-faith ideas: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23 NIV).
We will profit if we work hard. Hopefully, we will learn how to work better as we practice at it. Better productivity, more enjoyment in our work, etc.
There is a time for sleep, of course. But after some hard work sleep is especially sweet.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis