He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. Proverbs 10:4, 5
Slack: negligent, idle hand
Poor: to be destitute -- lack, needy
Diligent: to be alert, to decide
Rich: to accumulate; specifically to grow
Wise: act circumspectly, prudently
Shame: to be ashamed, to be disappointed
Work ethic. It's lacking in our society today. We used to take pride in doing a job well. Now people want to get nothing for little or no work. And many of those that do work, don't put forth any effort.
Idle hand. Trouble begins when one has nothing to do. And idle hands lead to laziness and that leads to trouble.
Diligent isn't just an idea, rather is translates into action. It is a specific choice and that choice then leads to action that leads to riches.
Do nothing and be rewarded. That seems to be the norm in our world today. However, as we look around, we can see that those that live that philosophy are angry, discontent, and in trouble. Why are those who except everything for nothing so discontented? Because there is nothing to take pride in; there is no satisfaction in laziness.
What about those that can't work? That truly are disabled. Even those that are disabled or too old still find purpose and meaning by doing what they can. Those that make excuses for doing nothing live in states of depression and frustration. Those that try to do all they can for themselves and others, are encouraged and happy.
Negligent. Diligent. Two opposites. Satisfaction in laziness. Gratification in industriousness.
Shame. Riches. Two opposites. Two different results based upon actions and attitude.
The only way to assure that one does not create a mindset of having a satisfaction in laziness is to have a heart permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). For when we respect and fear God, we want out attitudes and actions to reflect His wisdom. We want to obey Him and put forth the effort in knowing that we are doing a job—and doing it diligently.