“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy bones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like a robber.” (Proverbs 6:6-11 NLT)
A right mind knows that laziness will get you to nowhere land. Because you are lazy, you are destined to a constant need, always waiting and expecting for someone to lend you a hand even to the point of wanting free meals with the expense of someone’s labor of course. The fact is that no one can change such evil behavior but the sluggard himself. The writers of the Book of Proverbs spent tremendous insights refuting and rejecting this kind of behavior.
“The economy is to blame. They can’t find a job.” Some liberal hotshot will say. But there is no substantial proof that becoming lazy has a direct result of a declining economy. As a matter of fact, the past world wars in which the effect was the downfall of the economy, people turned to creativity and labored to survive. They created “jobs” for themselves.
When normal people is pressured or pushed to the brink of poverty, they work hard to survive. They work it out to overcome poverty and find themselves on top of the world.
2. Keep on day dreaming.
“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.” (Proverbs 28:19 NLT)
Having a dream is great. But dwelling in a dream without effort is futile. Actually a wishful thinking should have been driving you ballistic in reaching for the stars. Some have been wishing in vain. All they did is wishing for this and that. Oh how you wish they do something and start looking for a job. You can’t progress unless you start sweating and put your hands on the dirt and do some real work.
People have brilliant ideas but fearful to bring it out into reality. It is alright to share your dream with others, letting them know what you think but be careful. Some may not like it. Others may suspect you for something. However, do it any ways. Put your dream to work.
3. Do the talking but not the working.
“Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!” (Proverbs 14:23 NLT)
Talk is cheap. Put your money where your mouth is. You can confess all those positive confessions all day long, but without getting up from your behind and do some work, you will remain poor. People like to talk and they talk too much. Nobody wants to listen anymore. Everybody has something to say with almost everything under the sun. Everybody is an expert in something. Some doesn’t even know what they’re talking about.
Basically, mere talk won’t do you any good; you know what I mean? Basically, mere talk is a waste of breath; you know what I mean? Basically, it is hot air escaping out into the atmosphere; you know what I mean? Blah, blah, blah, blah,…
There should be a national day of silence in every country on the face of the earth: A day when people have to shut up and listen. When tempted to say, “Sweep the floor,” immediately bite the tongue, grab a broom and begin to sweep instead. Don’t need to say a word. Just sweep the floor brother!
When believing something worthwhile, go ahead share it to others. You may be criticized, but don’t stop there. Work it out. Let the words of your mouth become a reality.
4. Don’t give.
“You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pocket filled with holes …You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own houses.” (Haggai 1:6, 9 NLT)
It doesn’t matter how you spent the wee hours or burning the midnight oil, if you don’t plant seeds to the kingdom of God you will remain in poverty. At the end of the day you are bewildered: How in the world you lost your money in a split second? You work hard only to see the fruit of your labor is flushed down the drain to naught. You can’t take back precious time, those long hours of sweat and back breaking work. You put all your energy and time expecting for gain, but lost them in a moment.
Jesus tells you to seek the kingdom of God first, and all your needs will be added unto you. Seek God first. Give Him your time, energy, and wealth. Invest in the kingdom of God. The truth is God does not need your money. He wants your heart. God wants a cheerful giver. He doesn’t want you to give out of necessity. You are not obligated to give. You are not pressured to give. You give out of the abundance of your heart. You give with a willing mind, not sacrificial. You give with a joyful heart – hilariously!
God will add everything that you needed in this life. He knows what your needs are.
5. Rely on other people’s wealth.
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. (Jeremiah 17:5-6 NLT)
You may say that Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law. Well, the scripture above does not pertain of that law. The scripture above deals about putting your trust in mere humans, and not with God. Putting your trust other than God is rebellion. God commanded you to trust only in Him.
Some people are guilty of relying on people’s wealth, especially when the need arises. They tend to look for help from their friends, relatives and loved ones. Some even have a designated person/s to go to in times of need.
As long as you remain trusting people’s ability and wealth, you will stay poor and lacking. You’ll never see and taste the blessings of the Lord. It is a smart to know that God is your source. The rich brethren are not your source. Even the banks are not your source. Your employer is not your source. God is your Source. He shall provide everything that you needed through Christ Jesus.