Chapter 14: Keep On Working
I know that we talked about hard work the other day in Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 12, but I want to talk about it again today. Hard work is a lost art in our generation today. Most people want everything without doing anything for it.
“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4
” In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Proverbs 14:23
These are two really good verses about hard work. Let’s take a quick look at both of them. In verse four we see that it is talking about oxen. Oxen are beasts of labour, they are beasts of hard work. God is showing us a picture here that the only way to get increase is by hard work. Yes, the crib will be clean if no oxen are in it, but just don’t expect any increase from not working.
In verse twenty-three we see that labour brings profit. We also see that talk brings penury which means extreme poverty and destitution. If we look at all the successful people in the world, they got there through hard work. They just didn’t talk about wanting success, they worked for it. They probably had late nights, early mornings, long days; they probably were tired all the time but they knew it was worth it at the end.
The reason why people don’t see that profit or that success, they quit at the first bump in the road. They stay down after the first fall. If success and having profit was easy, everyone would be successful.
Too many people want the fruits of success without tilling the ground, sowing the seed, watering, and pulling the weeds. The people that truly enjoy the harvest are the ones that put in the sweat and labour to make it happen.
If you have been working hard and giving everything you got but still don’t see success or profit, DON’T GIVE UP!! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you can and will make it if you continue to work hard.