Keep Your Hand on the Plow


Proverbs 10:4 (KJV): “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”

COMMENTARY: Whether we like it or not, work is part of life. In this fallen, sinful world, work is challenging, difficult and tiresome. But in this passage, God reminds us that if we are lazy, we will become poor. If we have a strong work ethic and are diligent, we will become rich. Just remember to let God define “poor” and “rich” on His terms!

APPLICATION: When economies are booming, some people can coast and get by with little or no work. But in the long run, their laziness will lead to mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual poverty.

During economic downturns, a strong work ethic becomes even more important. Never forget that, through the good times and bad, God rewards diligent work. Don’t get so wrapped up in strategy and philosophy that you forget to simply put your hand to the plow and get the job done in a wise and quality fashion.

Here’s one very practical application: instead of moaning about declining sales and market share, make those sales calls. Maybe you’re not generating revenues because you’re not actively selling. Selling requires diligence and hard work. It is very hard to reap what you don’t sow!

Joyfully yours,


For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Proverbs 10:4 (KJV), read  Proverbs and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.