Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).
does not want His people to be in debt. The only thing we are to owe
others is our love, which we are to give freely and in tangible forms. We are to
be givers, not borrowers.
This same heart's cry is voiced by a widow who came to the prophet Elisha
and said, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant
feared יהוה. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his
Proverbs 13:23 sums up the situation:
“A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.”
Another translation puts it this way:
“Even when the land of the poor produces good crops, they get cheated out of what they grow.”
|Use your loaf and spread it upon the waters|
Principle 1: Accept work as יהוה's divine design for you! (Genesis 2:15; 2 Thess. 3:10)
Therefore, it can be said that:
Principle 2: Be careful for the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" syndrome.
But, just determining to see the logic in working and then setting out to work is not enough. It is obviously the place to start, but one must also. . . Prioritize his work. Do the primary things first; the things upon which all else depends.
After determining which things are primary and which are secondary, and depend on the former, determine also, the proper order of the primary and secondary things (10:5).
Principle 3: Do first things first, according to a plan.
Then, once a person has determined to prioritize their work by planning carefully, a person should work hard because. . . Working hard is better than working in a lazy manner.
Principle 4: If you're going to work, you might as well work hard. . .there are many benefits. In the end, after a person has worked wisely and hard, he will often times find that his. . .
Principle 5: Enjoy your work--it's יהוה's plan!
As time passes, a person who has worked wisely and
diligently will find themselves rewarded by their labor as well as skilled
at what they do with the result that. . . People who are skilled at their work
are sought out by people (22:29).