They Provide

“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)

Growing Dominion, Part 113

“A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again” (Prov. 19:24).

Sin doesn’t make sense. If it made sense, it wouldn’t be sin. Laziness is one of the sins where the obviousness of this is glaring. The exhortation “if you would only do this small thing, life would be so much easier” is self-evident, but the lazy man won’t put himself out in the slightest degree, even if this slight effort will save him a great deal of trouble later.

This is an example of the “short term” perspective. Wisdom knows how to defer gratification, and the folly of laziness does not know how to do this. Some are short term thinkers week to week, some day to day, and the extreme case in this proverb is a short term think minute to minute. Wisdom in work and business is therefore all about anticipation. When someone anticipates the needs and the requirements of the future, they are looking ahead. They take the short term pain for the long term blessing. The lazy man does the opposite—takes the short term blessing for the long term pain. When someone anticipates, and looks ahead, they fulfill the meaning of the Latin way of saying this. They see (video) beforehand (pro). They provide.

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