Thursday, June 16, 2022
24 The diligent find freedom in their work;
the lazy are oppressed by work.
25 Worry weighs us down;
a cheerful word picks us up.
26 A good person survives misfortune,
but a wicked life invites disaster.
27 A lazy life is an empty life,
but “early to rise” gets the job done.
28 Good men and women travel right into life;
sin’s detours take you straight to hell.
-Proverbs 12:24-28 The Message
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28 In the path of righteousness is life,
and in its pathway, there is no death.
Verse 26 study: The righteous are not exempt from dangers from evil companions.
Verse 27 study: It is pointless to hunt if you are too lazy to cook the game. The active use their possessions and resources, while the lazy waste them. Waste has shown the way of life of those who live on ample land and is poor stewardship. Make use of what God gives you and prize it.
Verse 28 study: Many people believe death is a darkened door at the end of life. A passageway to an unknown and feared destiny. God’s people see death as a bright passageway for a better life. Why do we fear death? It’s a pain we expect, separation from loved ones. God can help us deal with those fears. He shows that death is not final. It’s another step in the eternal life we receive when we follow him.
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