Consider Paul. He was a tentmaker by trade but a minister of the gospel, theologian, philosopher, warrior, legal expert, missionary and author of Scripture under the direction of God. In fact, he instituted a “rule” with “the church of the Thessalonians.” This rule was blunt and to the point: “For when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘If a man will not work he shall not eat.’” One does not need a degree in Biblical exegesis to understand that.
Solomon addressed two points of view about work: “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.” Willing workers will be blessed and have all their needs met. God will see to that. God, however, has another rule: if we know of someone in need, who honestly cannot work or find work, we who are Christians are obligated to help them.
Those who “chase fantasies lack judgment” refer to “delusional” thinking. They are the ones who chase an easy way of living by devising schemes to take advantage of others. They want to receive life’s rewards without hard work and riches from “rackets” not righteousness.
And, yes, they may have “their day.” But, in the end, they “lack judgment” that comes from following God’s way and His wisdom, and ultimately, face His judgment.
Prayer: Sound judgment, wise decisions and eternal rewards, Lord, come from obedience to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 12:11 Those who till their land will have plenty of food, but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.