“He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 27:18). I like that verse; it has a promise attached. There are others like it. “Diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4); “He who works his land will have abundant food” (Proverbs 12:11). The promises, though, come after the work. There are promises for laziness, too.

Here’s one: “I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lack s judgment; 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 bandit and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 24:32-34). Another verse in Proverbs puts it even simpler: “Lazy hands make a man poor” (Proverbs 10:4). That’s not too hard to understand; in some way, we’ve all had experience with laziness.

God is fair; if laziness on our part or others causes us hardships, diligence will bring reward. We can’t do much about someone else’s work habits, but we can do something about ours; and, God will reward that.

You see, God built our whole existence on work. Our existence–the universe’s existence–didn’t happen because God merely imagined it; He worked to bring it into existence. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Thus the heavens and the earth were competed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” (Genesis 2:2)

The one who worked to bring creation into existence has determined that actions bring results.

Our imaginations or dreams won’t happen if we merely imagine them; there has to be action–work involved. If we merely dream of what we want to accomplish and do nothing to tend it, it will be like the field of the sluggard. If, on the other hand, we put into action a plan to accomplish our dreams they will, like the fig tree, bear fruit.

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  1. We looked at this in our first minute for men life group study. We explored physical, mental and spiritual aspects of how and why we work why as well as for whom. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to next week.

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