Proverbs 6:6-11;10:4;13:4 (New International Reader's Version)
6 You people who don't want to work, think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander. It has no leader or ruler. 8 But it stores up its food in summer. It gathers its food at harvest time.
9 You lazy people, how long will you lie there? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 You might sleep a little or take a little nap. You might even fold your hands and rest.
11 Then you would be poor, as if someone had robbed you. You would have little, as if someone had stolen from you.
4 Hands that don't want to work make you poor. But hands that work hard bring wealth to you.
4 People who refuse to work want things and get nothing. But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (New International Version) 11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Okay, today I would like to reflect on these proverbs about working from a very spiritual and personal side, and a very personal and political side.( I will apologize in advance for taking on a political tone in my devotional post for today.) It is clear in the passages above that God is does not like people that are lazy, although being a little lazy is probably the favorite passtime of teenagers. He has made us to work, which began with Adam in the garden. The different verses above call us to work diligently and to avoid laziness.
It is important for especially the men reading this that you work to provide for family and as the passage in 1 Thessalonians says, "to work with your hands ...so that you will not be dependent on anybody." The pursuit of a God-given vocation in my opinion is a way that we worship the God who created us to do it. When we fully use the gifts and talents that we are blessed with for the benefit of our families and others around us, then we are truly worshiping the God who made us. I truly believe that we will spend eternity doing some kind of work for the Lord, and what we do now with all our heart, has alot to do with what we will do for eternity.
Now is where politics comes into my comments. Our forefathers came to this country and established our nation so that they could work freely for the benefit of their own families, and for the benefit of each other, and not for the state. I believe this is refelected in the Declaration Of Independence where it states that, "they(Men & Women) are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
We are free in this country to choose and pursue our vocation, our work, without hinderance as long as it does not violate the law or the rights of others. Unfortunately, we are on the verge of creating a society where many will work for to support the few; where the "ants" will be required to work to support the "lazy people". How will this be done? Through the votes of those who live on the hand-outs from the government and pay no taxes, that are served by those who work hard and pay all the taxes. Now is the time to change the mis-directed course of our nation by electing only politicians that support our founding principles.
Our country does not owe someone a job or a living. It is up to the individual to utilize their God-given abilities to be responsible and provide for themselves. Our government whould be required to protect us from those outsiders who choose to harm us, and to provide order and organization for the benefit of a civil society. It is up to us, to not only follow the admonition of these verses from the Bible, but to also be sure that we pass them on as instruction for our children and those who come after us.