No doubt that the book of Proverbs encourages us to work hard. Chapter 10 verse 4 says “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
But does hard work always make us rich?
Tell that to the people in rural India or in Somalia right now. Just work hard and you’ll be rich! No – the world doesn’t always work this way. Truth here? Yes but not in a blind mechanical way.
There is wisdom in working hard and generally it is true that if you are lazy, then you will be poor. But also I know some lazy guys who don’t seem to work hard but their Daddy was great at business.
If you are going to take the Bible seriously then you must must know what type of literature you are reading. The book of Proverbs should not be read like Paul’s letter to the Romans or John’s prophetical book of Revelation. Proverbs offers practical guidance for life, not a mechanical list of promises.
There are no rules to follow which will answer all of life’s questions. Should I wake up at 6am or 7am? Should I buy a bike? Should I take this new job? Should I marry this person? We need wisdom for these questions.
Read the Proverbs. Think about them in regards to the questions of your daily life. But pray that God would grant you wisdom as you do this for as the book of Proverbs itself says,
Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.(Prov 26:7)