Do your actions and words bring honor or shame to your family? Are you known as a hard worker or a lazy person? Proverbs 10:1-5 reminds us that our behavior affects other people, especially those who love and care about us the most. When we sin, we hurt not just ourselves but others like our family and friends. But when we obey the Lord, we bring honor and pleasure to others.
The particular area of focus for today’s passage is work habits. Sons and daughters who are diligent, or hard working, will prove themselves wise and make their parents, teachers, and later bosses and spouses happy (vv. 1, 5). The diligent will be blessed by God, who will not allow them to suffer starvation and failure (v. 3) but will prosper them in their labors (v. 4). They will earn success and money honestly and so honor the Lord Jesus and their families (v. 2).
On the other hand, lazy children bring sadness and shame to their parents, teachers, and future bosses and spouses (v. 1, 5). They will not prosper in life but suffer from poverty (v. 4) and unfulfilled desires (v. 3). They will be tempted to be dishonest and selfish in their attempts to acquire wealth, but ultimately fail because God is not with them (v. 2).
So, which kind of son or daughter are you: Diligent or disgraceful? Which kind of person do you want to be? The good news is that Jesus knows all about our weaknesses and past failures and loves us in spite of them. If you want to be diligent in your heart, call out to Jesus today and ask him to help you start changing your work habits. Honor and integrity await you as a great reward.
The Text (Proverbs 10:1-5)
10:1 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked.
4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Questions to Think About
- How have your actions over the past year affected your family? Is your life a blessing or a sorrow to your parents and siblings right now? Explain.
- In what areas of life do you need God’s help in becoming more diligent? What can you do this summer to become more hard working in your mindset and your habits?