4 A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him. (Proverbs 10:4-5,26)
Laziness is such a great temptation when life is comfortable. It is easy to take everything for granted. But there is a danger in that. It is not as though worry should drive us to work hard, but rather our calling to Kingdom work. We can trust God for daily bread. But it is also true that God allows natural consequences of our choices to discipline us toward godliness. The proverbs speak wisdom to us, that we might learn from our elders rather than our pain or despair.
Lord, guard our hearts from laziness and give us zeal for kingdom work.