Proverbs 24:30-34 (NIV) “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; 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 thief and scarcity like an armed man.”
I grew up with parents who taught me not to be lazy. In fact, everyone in our household had jobs to do. When I was just a little girl, my mother had me helping with the laundry, dusting furniture, washing dishes and taking care of our pets. As I grew older, my tasks expanded, according to my abilities. When we moved to a small farm, I began helping my dad with outside chores, cutting grass, trimming hedges, caring for the farm animals and working in the vegetable garden. As most children, I complained at times, but in all honesty, I truly enjoyed staying busy and experiencing the results of my work. As an adult, I have never been without a job when one was needed and I still enjoy the results of a job well done.
This scripture speaks about the writer seeing someone’s vineyard that had been left untended. He calls the person a sluggard. Webster’s Dictionary uses these synonyms to describe a sluggard: couch potato, deadbeat, do-nothing, drone, idler, layabout, loafer, slouch, lazybones. Because the owner of the vineyard was lazy, it had gone to waste and had become worthless.
Proverbs 13:4 (NLT) says it best, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”
Very few things in life come without effort. Sadly, there’s some people who put a lot of effort into getting things through fraud or crime, but be assured, just as a seed is sown into the ground, it will bring forth a crop. Galatians 6:7 (NIV) “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
It is best to sow diligence and hard work, you will surely reap its rewards and benefits!