Have you ever worked hard to earn money? What did you do?
Proverbs 10:3-5. 3The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. 4A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Solomon is reminding his kids of three very important truths in these verses.
Truth #1: God looks out for the righteous.
In Solomon’s day, the righteous were simply those who obeyed God and did what was right. They were kind, and honest, and of course wise. God wants all of us to be righteous, but because we are actually all wicked (we do more bad than good) he sent Jesus to give us his righteousness when we trust in him.
Truth #2: The righteous will work hard.
Solomon is talking about earthly things in these verses like food and money. God doesn’t just magically hand us what we need to stay alive. We have to be diligent; we have to work hard for it. The crops in the field don’t harvest themselves. A good son will gather the crops from the field in the summer. Just ask mom and dad. If you want to eat, and drive a car, and live in a house, you have to work hard.
Truth #3: With Jesus’ righteousness we are spiritually rich.
Being righteous is way more important than being rich. When we trust in Jesus we have his righteousness given to us by grace. Now we are spiritually rich. We have everything that Jesus has – love, acceptance, hope, joy, peace, and a home in Heaven with God. We don’t have to work hard for spiritual riches, but when we are spiritually rich like Jesus, we can work hard to share his riches with others.
Because of Jesus we are spiritually rich.
With Jesus we can work hard knowing that God will watch over us forever.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Look around your house. What things did you have to work hard for? How did God help you work hard for those?
Jesus, thank you for making me righteous and watching over me. Amen.
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