Proverbs 6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
With the current state of the economy, many people are uneasy and confused about what to do to protect themselves and their family from these harsh times. As usual, the answer can be found in the word of God. As is typical of scripture the example here is quite basic and easy understand.
We typically, for some unexplained reason, feel sorry for ourselves the more we have to work. Comparatively though we work less now than ever before and many of our jobs are easier than ever before. However we were not meant to waste away entertaining ourselves and sleeping. We were meant to be diligent, hard workers, with a purpose. Many people should not be surprised at the trials they encounter after spending much time and energy on selfish pursuits. If poverty has overtaken you, turn back to God’s work habits. He will never fail you.