Proverbs 10: 4 – ‘Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.’
Let’s explore four of these words more closely: lazy and poor, diligent and wealth. Looking up synonyms for these words, I find:
Lazy – idle, lethargic, sluggish, slothful
Poor – deprived, broke, needy, destitute, weak, deficient
Are you getting the picture? For someone who doesn’t put in the work, they are not only without money, they are without hope or even strength. In other words, they are lacking in more ways than one! Don’t let this be you.
Let’s now consider the two terms used in the second half of the verse – diligent and wealth. The synonyms for these words include:
Diligent – hard-working, industrious, meticulous, conscientious, thorough, attentive, careful.
Wealth – riches, prosperity, affluence, funds, treasure, abundance, variety, choice
So what can we conclude about diligent hands and wealth? It clearly states here in Proverbs the benefits of work. Work isn’t only about a paid job.
Don’t confuse unemployment with a lack of diligence – this is not true! Likewise, a workaholic may not necessarily find themselves benefiting from wealth if they are not careful with what they earn and how they spend their time.
Seek God’s guidance in all you do. Be careful and hard-working, knowing that He will bless you in many ways, not just financially. Don’t however fall into the trap of thinking a day of rest is laziness – it isn’t! It is necessary. It is commanded by God.
Work to find the balance between being a diligent steward of your time and resources, and resting in your relationship with God. It’s the best thing you can do.
Wealth tip – got a business or business idea? Seek out funding that may be available to you as a start up business, to establish resources or improve land. Local councils can be a great source of information.