Wealth in Your Hands – Proverbs 10

We returned from Florida yesterday, and this morning I found the normally delicious fruit on our cherry tree was now squishy and moldy. I missed it – the peak time for harvesting!

This didn’t surprise me, though. I’d made the choice to risk wasting the food because of the higher value I place on time with my family. (And yes, I did invite a couple sweet ladies and some scrappy little boys to come get cherries while I was gone!)

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“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son” (verses 4-5).

If I don’t work, I’ll have poverty. If I am diligent and productive, I’ll have wealth. This proverb says clearly that being lazy when it’s time to harvest is a disgrace. I think that God multiplies the benefits of our labors when we are diligent in our work. And I want his blessing more than anything.

“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it” (verse 22).

Have you asked a lazy person to do something for you? It can be pretty annoying.

“As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them” (verse 26).

The dictionary says the word sluggard means a lazy person, a lay-about, lounger, good-for-nothing, slacker, idler, loafer.

“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor” (verse 15).

Diligence leads to wealth, which leads to a higher level of security (a fortress). Now I’m motivated to go to work!

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Get Ready to Build Your House – Proverbs 24

The proverb I found for today, January 24, makes me think of my ancestors coming to the Northwest during the 1800s in a covered wagon to start a new life. They followed this principle.

“Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” Proverbs 24:27 NIV

Get Ready to Build Your House
Log cabin to illustrate Get Ready to Build Your House, Proverbs 24

It only makes sense, after all. Get settled in your work, lay some savings aside for the future (planting your crops), then build your house (settle in permanently).

The following verses are a clear warning against laziness. If I don’t work, I’ll come into poverty. Another lesson I learn here is to be observant and learn from the others’ mistakes.

“I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; 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 bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” 24:30-34

by Kathy Sheldon Davis