Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 20th, 2017
Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Proverbs 10:4 (NIV)
Lazy and Diligent Hands
This proverb is a fact. It is not old-fashioned. It is still true in our modern day. Nothing replaces hard work. If you have been taught a strong work ethic, you are indeed blessed. Do your children a favour and train them for diligence at every age. Since this principle is true, we can also ask the Lord for strength and endurance.
If you take a close look at Canadian currency bills, you will notice raised dots that look like braille. It is not braille, though, which was deemed to be too sensitive, but what is known as a tactile feature. They are arranged in braille blocks of six dots, one block on a 5 dollar bill, two blocks on the ten, and so on. The sensitive fingers of the visually impaired can easily identify the value of each of the bills.
So often in life we see contrasts between those who make wise decisions and those who make foolish ones, between those who work hard and those who do not, between those who live for Christ and those who do not. King Solomon noticed those contrasts and speaks about these in the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs 10:4 he writes “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Poverty is a great challenge in our world. There are many who are born into situations where life is a challenge and poverty is systemic. People work hard and still struggle to get out of poverty. But one thing is for sure: lazy hands make for poverty. The Bible often speaks about work. The New Testament tells us that followers of Christ had to do everything as if working for the Lord. Work is part of our testimony for Christ. We honour Him by the way we serve those with whom and for whom we work. We honour Him by being honest in how we work – we honour Him by giving a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. How can you be diligent in how you work today?
These have been words from the heart.