We learned in Genesis 2 that the Lord created us to work. “When no bush of the field was yet in the land…and there was no man to work the ground…the Lord God formed the man…” (Gen 2:5-7) “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Gen 2:15)
Solomon knows the value of hard work and he warns against being lazy in today’s Proverbs. “The lazy man will not plow because of winter, He will beg during harvest and have nothing.” “Do not love sleep lest you come to poverty.” “He who loves pleasure will become a poor man.” “The lazy man says “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”” “The desire of the lazy man kills him. For his hands refuse to labor.”
Later in the Story Paul will tell us, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain”. (1 Corinthians 15:58) And when Jesus is sending out the 72 to share the Good News, “And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)
We will get to the Missions and Church Eras soon where Paul and Jesus are teaching us to go and do the work of the Lord, but if you are alive today and following Christ this is your work. Today is the day to labor for the Lord! “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)
One more day of proverbs reading and then Song of Solomon. Keep reading!