Are You a Diligent Worker?



Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no
commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in
summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will
you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up
from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest--and
poverty will come on you like a
bandit and scarcity like
an armed man.

Proverbs 6: 6 - 11



The music playing is titled
Refiner's Fire
Composed by Brian Doerksen
From his 2008 It's Time album

When I first felt called to do this over twenty years ago, I wanted to perform music on big stages.
But God quickly called me to be all about worship, which is really Notice God, don't notice me.
- Brian Doerksen


The Diligent: become rich
The Lazy: are soon poor

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Proverbs 10:4



The Diligent: gather crops early
The Lazy: sleep during harvest

He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Proverbs 10:5



The Lazy: are an annoyance

As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is a sluggard to those who send him.

Proverbs 10:26



The Diligent: have abundant food
The Lazy: chase fantasies

He who works his land will have abundant food,
but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

Proverbs 12:11



The Diligent: hard work returns rewards

From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things
as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

Proverbs 12:14



The Diligent: will rule
The Lazy: will become slaves

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

Proverbs 12:24



The Diligent: prize their possessions
The Lazy: waste good resources

The lazy man does not roast his game,
but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

Proverbs 12:27



The Diligent: are fully satisfied
The Lazy: want much but get little

The sluggard craves and gets nothing,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverbs 13:4



The Diligent: bring profit
The Lazy: are all talk but no action

All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:23



The Diligent: have an easy path
The Lazy: have trouble all through life

The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 15:19



The Lazy: are like those who destroy

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

Proverbs 18:9



The Lazy: go hungry

Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

Proverbs 19:15



The Lazy: won't feed themselves

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Proverbs 19:24



The Lazy: won't plow in season

A sluggard does not plow in season;
so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

Proverbs 20:4



The Diligent: stay awake and have food to spare
The Lazy: love sleep and grow poor

Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 20:13



The Diligent: make careful plans
The Lazy: make hasty speculations

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as
surely as haste leads to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5



The Lazy: love pleasure and become poor

He who loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.

Proverbs 21:17



The Diligent: give without sparing
The Lazy: desire things but refuse to work for them

The sluggard's craving will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work. All day
long he craves for more, but the
righteous give without

Proverbs 21:25 - 26



The Lazy: are full of excuses for not working

The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! or,
I will be murdered in the streets!

Proverbs 22:13



The Diligent: will serve before kings

Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will serve before kings; he
will not serve before
obscure men.

Proverbs 22:29



The Lazy: sleep too much, which leads to poverty

I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard
of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up
everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my
heart to what I observed and learned a
lesson from what I saw: A little sleep,
a little slumber, a little folding of
the hands to rest-and poverty
will come on you like a
bandit and scarcity
like an armed

Proverbs 24:30 - 34



The Diligent: reap abundance through hard work
The Lazy: experience poverty because of laziness

He who works his land will have abundant food,
but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

Proverbs 28:19



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