The book of Proverbs has inspired believers for over three thousand years. Its verses are divine guides–timeless, tested, and true. God guarantees that each proverb will come to pass.
Apply the following seven proverbs to your workplace experiences:
“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (10:4)
Diligent workers are focused and successful. They keep working until their goal is achieved and their efforts will be rewarded with godly wealth. “Lazy” in the Hebrew means slack, deceitful, or treacherous. The fate of the lazy person is poverty.
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (11:25)
Some in the workplace make the mistake of hoarding their assets. They think the less they give to others, the more they will have for themselves. The workplace is not a zero sum universe. Share your time, resources, and knowledge with your co-workers. Be free of smallness and you will do well in life.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (14:23)
Talk is easy–work is hard. Work brings a profit which in the Hebrew means abundance, plenty, preeminence, and superiority. God will bless your hard work. Respect and affirm the work of others.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (16:3)
To commit to the Lord is to transfer your burdens to Him. The word “commit” in the Hebrew conveys the act of rolling. The word picture is to roll your heavy career burdens unto God. You have to roll them because they are too heavy for you to carry alone. Do your job while trusting in God’s sovereignty for successful results.
“The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.” (16:26)
Work is the conduit for God’s provision as in Matthew 6:11 “Give us today our daily bread.” Your work provides the resources to acquire your daily bread, i.e., the necessities of life. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” God has linked the fulfillment of your physical needs to your daily labor.
“The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.” (20:23)
Dishonesty is a career killer. Know that sinful actions will always exact a high price. Proverbs 6:16-19 lists the six things God hates and one of them is a lying tongue.
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” (22:29)
The phrase “obscure men” here in the NIV is translated “mean men” in the KJV. Working God’s way assures that your work results will be respected by others. Skilled workers are influential. They are valuable, they “serve before kings,” and they get promoted.
Be encouraged. Your good work and honesty will bring glory to God and blessings to you.