Proverbs 19:15 says, “Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.” The Bible has much to say about how we should live our lives, and I love the way the Scriptures are so practical. The Word of God makes it clear that there are natural consequences to what we do. Today’s selection from Proverbs deals with the consequences of laziness.
Two consequences of laziness given in this verse are sleepiness and hunger. Elsewhere in Proverbs it says laziness also causes one to go into debt, to make excuses for not working, to be wasteful, and to actually think he or she is wiser than others. Laziness also results in not being able to help others who have needs. A natural consequence of laziness is that it makes the circumstances of one’s life even worse (see Ecclesiastes 10:18).
The supreme example of hard work is our Lord Jesus Himself. Consider His three year ministry and how He set the example for us all to follow. The Apostle Paul is another example of hard work. Paul worked hard at tent-making so he could help others: “You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:34-35). May God richly bless you in every way as you work hard for Him.