For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
2 Thessalonians 3: 10-12
My impression is that laziness is the cause of many other evils in the world’s nations. I do not have statistics on the subject, but I dare say that the wealth of a human society is proportional to the industriousness of its people. In the same vein, it is logical to think that laziness is directly related to poverty. In 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, the apostle Paul says very strong words like “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” or “they work in quietness and eat their own bread.”
Some time ago I received a message which said that the attitude of the people and their values is what makes the difference between rich and poor. According to this message, to study the behavior of people in rich countries, it was found that most of the population meets the following rules: morality as a basic principle, order and cleanliness, integrity, punctuality, responsibility, the desire to excel, respect for laws and regulations, respect the rights of others, work ethic and personal effort.
According to the same message, in poor countries, only a small part of the population follows those rules in their daily lives. It concludes the message that we are not poor because our countries are missing natural resources or because nature has been cruel to us. We are poor by our attitude and for not complying with these basic premises of functioning of a society.
Among the rules followed by people in rich countries and cease to follow in the poor countries are some that have to do with laziness. A lazy individual lacks punctuality, responsibility, desire to excel, work ethic and personal effort. Of the ten rules, half are related to the absence of laziness. Therefore, it is not surprising that the richer countries as their inhabitants are less lazy.
In the book of Proverbs we read some things about laziness. Proverbs 13:4: The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. Proverbs 19:15: Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. Proverbs 21:25: The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
Laziness prevents the desire to work, punctuality, being responsible, having desire to excel and effort. As a result of laziness is hunger and poverty. God does not encourage laziness and idleness but the dignified and decent work. May we be diligent all the time and avoid falling into laziness. God bless you.