Laziness and Poverty

Proverbs 10:4

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Certainly not everyone who is poor became that way as a result of laziness.  However laziness will result in poverty.

We are supposed to care for the poor.  This is universal in both the Old and New Testaments.  However we must be wise in how we even help others as some are poor as a result of laziness. 

When poverty is the result of laziness Paul gives instructions that are harsh but meant to motivate the lazy.  In 2 Thessalonians 3:8 he writes, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'”

We really have no clue why people are poor unless we know someone personally.  Therefore it is wise to err on the side of grace.  When we are personally involved though we should strive for the concept of giving someone a hand up rather than a hand out. 

When we are working hard we may ask God to bless our work and expect Him to respond.  Perhaps we won’t become rich but God will notice our work and remember it.

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