Empty Desires


Proverbs 21:25-26 “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.”

One of the greatest reasons society is so angry is because it has lost its work ethic. There used to be a day in America when people understood that you couldn’t depend on the government to help you through hard times, but you had to go and work for what you get. Every time people have depended on the government to supply their daily needs, they have always become servants and pawns to the government. There is a reason government wants to give a monthly check to its citizens, and it has nothing to do with compassion, but it has everything to do with control.

Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” One of the ways that God supplies the needs of His people is by giving them a job. God says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “…if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Most of the needs in life can be filled through hard work.

The verse above says, “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour….” The only thing that stands between your desire and the desire accomplished is old-fashioned hard work. Too many people have desires that they want everyone to give to them instead of getting a job and working to get it. When I was a boy, if I wanted something, my parents would tell me to get a job and work for it. They were teaching me the value of hard work and that hard work can give me what I wanted. Let me point out a couple of values about working hard.

First, hard work promotes far more than talent and education. Just because a person is talented does not mean they will get the best positions in life. Likewise, just because a person has a great education does it mean that a person will get the best jobs. It is those who work the hardest who rise above the talented and educated. I am not against a good education, and I am not saying that talent can't help you, but there are many people who have neither talent nor education who become the boss of the talented and educated because they outworked them. If you want to do more than the talented and educated in life, stop complaining about what they have and go outwork them; you will find that you will have more than them if you work harder than them.

Second, when you learn to work hard to fulfill your desires, you can have your desires any time you want them. When you learn the value of working hard to obtain your desires is when life becomes enjoyable because you can get what you want at any time through working harder. By the way, the satisfaction of getting what you desire through hard work is much greater than getting what you want through handouts. Looking at the spoils you earned through hard work is one of the great rewards God gives to the hard-working individual.

Third, you are a servant to whoever supplies your desires. If the government is the one who supplies your daily needs, you have become a servant to the government. If you supply your needs through hard work, you are your own master. Being your own master allows you to serve God better. Being dependent on the government to supply your needs always leads to poverty. My friend, God has supplied your needs; He just simply supplies most of them through the rewards of hard work.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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