Proverbs 13:4 Dissected & Defined
The soul (mans’ mind, will, and emotions) of the sluggard (habitually lazy) desireth (has wants), and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent (consistent) shall be made fat (filled with plenty).
We are all working so hard in life. Some of us are in full-time ministry and serve above and beyond the basic demands of our positions.
Others of us may be laypeople who work all day and serve God at night or other times throughout the week. Sometimes, I am sure it is normal that we would consider what in life we might be sacrificing as a result of our dedication. It would only be normal.
But our biggest responsibility when this happens is to consider not what we don’t have that others enjoy. Rather, we should be meditating on what we enjoy that others do not have, then find ways to bring it to them! Let’s look at a verse that will encourage your dedication or be a medication to your current improper meditations.
This verse is teaching us an easy lesson to understand. However, is this truth being applied to every area of your life? It tells us that you will think, want, and feel desires in life. Your soul is your mind, will, and emotions. It is normal to want, think, and feel strong desires to acquire. But it also teaches us that what we think, feel, or want has nothing to do with whether our soul is satisfied or famished.
There once was a man that worked hard to get everything that he ever wanted out of life. He was a musician and wanted fame and fortune. He worked hard and gained it all. Yet, it didn’t help him gain satisfaction. For his diligence did not satisfy his thoughts, his desires, or his feelings. His soul was still famished. This young man’s name was Mick Jagger and his life’s story is told in his biography song, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (though I have tried and tried and tried!).
Finding Satisfaction in the Lord
Why did this hard working musician, in all his diligence struggle to find satisfaction, for he surely had all that life could offer? The reason is found in the underlying meaning of this proverb. If Mick Jagger would have looked at what he did not have, rather than what he did have he would have found himself lazy and “with nothing.”
Luke 12:15 tells us that our life does not consist in the abundance of the things that we possess. Rather, life consists in the abundance of things God possesses. Mr. Jagger was diligent in labor for this world’s goods and is very prosperous. But he was lazy in his efforts to accumulate that which only God could give him. That sustenance is what would have supplied him with his search for complete satisfaction!
So, if you are looking to be successful, don’t focus on what your work has gotten you. Focus on what your laziness has cost you!
Be ye steadfast, unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord. Why? Because your labor is not in vain (if it is done “in the Lord”)!