Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
— Proverbs 10:4

Simply put… hard work pays off. Life may not go the way you planned, and you may not have enough money to do everything you dreamed of, but most of the time this doesn’t stop you from being able to work hard at something. If you are an exception to that I’m sorry, because I know people’s lives can be drastically changed in an instant and my heart breaks for you. 

It’s interesting to take this proverb and think about the fact that what we do with our hands matters… but it doesn’t really start with your hands. It starts in your mind, and I would say it even goes further back and starts with the way we were created. 

Genesis 2:15 says, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” 

God creates the Garden and then places man in the garden to work and care for it. Part of our make up as image bearers of God is our nature to work. God doesn’t create the world and then sit back and watch it all take place… He’s working constantly on behalf of his creation. 

You were created for so many things and working where God places you is a big one. Wherever you find yourself today, begin to work hard and remember that Genesis says we are not only to keep it but cultivate the place we are working.

The Hebrew for "cultivate" literally means to “care for” it. This takes us back to the proverb in comparing lazy hands and diligent hands. These words don’t only indicate busy, they also mean to do work with care and not just because you have to.

So don’t just show up to work and get the job done… Care for the place you are called to work and watch how that care and hard work turns to wealth. You might not be as rich as you want to be, but rich in blessings you will be. 

Thank God for your job (whatever that job is today) and work like He gave it to you. You might just find yourself climbing that ladder in no time.