Reading: Proverbs 10:1-5
The book of Proverbs teaches us about wisdom and foolishness. In these verses, we learn that being a hard worker is part of being wise. God wants us to be diligent and honest workers upon the earth.
Have you ever heard the fable about the ants and the grasshopper? The ants worked hard to gather grain for the winter. The grasshopper played and played while the weather was warm, then suffered in the winter for his lack of planning. He wished that others would share their grain with him. He wanted a reward without the work.
God wants us to be willing to work. Jesus and His disciples had very little time to rest. They were always working. You’ll remember that for most of His life, Jesus was a carpenter.
God also wants us to trust in Him. Work hard, but remember that God will take care of the righteous (Proverbs 10:3). Don’t be worried about what you can gain. This world is not your home! Be thankful for your work, focus on serving God, and God will take care of your daily needs.
For Further Study:
What kind of work did Peter, Andrew, James, and John do before they were disciples (Matthew 4:18-22)? What kind of work did Paul do (see Acts 18:1-3)? Can you think of other jobs that people had in the Bible, such as Moses, Daniel, and Lydia? Read these verses about the value of good, honest, hard work: Proverbs 12:11 and 13:11; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
What kind of work do you want to do when you’re older? Think about yourself doing this work. What would show that you were a good worker? How could you bring glory to God while doing this work?