I passed by the field of a lazy person and later passed by the vineyard of a man who was unwise and saw thorns everywhere on their properties. In fact the ground was covered in weeds and their fences were fallen down. I thought on this for a long time and concluded the lesson to learn was, "A little sleep, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man." (Proverbs 24:30-34)
This paragraph is an interpretation of the passage as well as a direct quote. It helps us to understand the nature of work. A person cannot float downstream in life even though the natural tendencies within us cause us to stagnate. Exampled by many before us and in present day, we must have an active life. We must be engaged and driven. Time, talent and opportunities are to be taken advantage of not allowed to slip through our fingers.
The result of an unproductive life is thorns, weeds and broken down boundaries. It is perpetual failure which leads away from work. This is not where we should be. Instead we should have our hearts engaged, our eyes forward and our hands working. Weeds and fences should be addressed immediately and not left to spread or decay.What does it look like around you? Poverty (financial, emotional, and spiritual) and scarcity (lack of all) will come upon you if you do not put your life in gear.