Updated: Oct 10, 2022
Proverbs 13:4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
We hear a lot of people today speaking about or referencing self-care. When we look at Proverbs 13, we can see the word speaks more about soul care. Listen, if you want to be richly supplied in your whole spirit, then be diligent in working the land that God has given you. The soul of the sluggard is lazy and gets nothing while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. The field God has called you to is where your harvest will be. He is asking you to stay dedicated, to stay focused, and to remain persistent in the work that brings about the biggest and best harvest. Not only to sustain you, but to sustain those you never thought you would be able to help.
A sluggard is synonymous with a loafer, lounger, and a good for nothing. Now, I’m not calling you a good for nothing nobody, but if the Lord sees fit to give you a land to work, kicking up your feet will leave your field empty, arid, and unyielding. Operating in your purpose has no room for lackadaisical character traits. Don't be sluggish about going after what God has put in your heart. The purpose God has given you should quicken you to action. It should hasten you to put your hand to the plow and begin working the gifts and talents God has placed in you.
Work is part of our purpose. It is kingdom work, and it is the most important work one can participate in. The work is tough and unrelenting. The sluggard hates the pains it takes to provide a life for oneself. If one wants to gain, then one must work. Make sure that job you're working or that business you own is part of God’s purpose because you want your soul to be satisfied. So, take care of your soul, seek out your purpose, and put your gifts and talents in the field that God has called you to so that you may reap the harvest and have your soul satisfied.
Pretty purpose filled!