Proverbites: Working Too Hard? (I)

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Proverbs 14:23

Work is God’s way since the time of creation. Think of His labour while creating everything, from the largest star in the universe to the smallest insect. Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). Did you ever consider the compliment Paul paid all Christians when he wrote, “We… [are] workers together with Him [God]” (2Cor. 6:1)?

Work appeared to be punishment when first meted out to Adam and Eve after their disobedience, but God is wise in His punishments as well as in His blessings. He also provided a day of rest. Rest is the sweet sauce of labour.

The proverbial illustration of the ants is God’s way of describing cooperation and industry. Each little ant does its share, carries its load, drags heavy burdens, and prepares for winter during warm summer days. Light is the task where many share the toil. Ants also work without an overseer or ruler. You may think, that’s OK for ants, they are created that way, but such devotion to work takes real discipline in life. Yes, that ‘pesky’ little ant that we chase out of our picnic baskets, is an example of industrious wisdom, and we are to look at his busyness and learn to be wise.

God gives every bird its food, but He doesn’t throw it into the nest. (Got that?)

What a wonderful thought Proverbs 6:10 injects into the soul when tiredness fills the body, “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.” He actually points to the kind of ill that would befall a lazy fellow. When the sluggard uses excuses, Proverbs 20:4 answers for that, saying, “therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing”. By way of contrast, Proverbs 28:19 states, “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread.”

Though human beings have the strength and the potential to be hard workers, we also have the tendency to be lazy. Laziness be it physical or spiritual, leads not only to poverty, but to impairment of health, physical and spiritual, as the case may be. Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in chains.

Work is God’s way and He is wonderfully wise in all His ways!

To your greater achievement in your endeavours,


Sunday Aremu



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