The Merits of Work - Part 1 (1 of 2) by Marvin D. Patterson

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The Merits of Work - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Marvin Patterson
Proverbs 12:1-9

As with many of these wonderful Proverbs, this chapter has several prominent themes. One of these themes is that of hard work. There is much merit in diligently laboring throughout the day, but a foolish person has a tendency to waste his time, and wonder where all the time went. I heard about a little boy who wanted to be a hard worker for his daddy! Here is his story:

Illustration:
A young boy was driving a hayrack down the road when the wagon fell over in front of a farmer's house. The farmer came out, saw the young boy crying and said, ''Son, don't worry about this, we can fix it. Right now dinner's ready. Why don't you come in and eat with us and then I'll help you put the hay back on the rack.'' The boy said, ''No, I can't. My father is going to be very angry with me.'' The farmer said, ''Now don't worry, just come in and have some lunch and you'll feel better.'' The boy said, ''I'm just afraid my father is going to be very angry with me.'' The farmer and the young boy went inside and had dinner. Afterwards, as they walked outside to the hayrack, the farmer said, ''Now, son, don't you feel better after that great meal?'' The boy said, ''Yes but I just know that my father will be very angry with me.'' The farmer said, ''Nonsense. Where is your father anyway?'' The boy said, ''He's under that wagon.''

Introduction:

The Book of Proverbs is a wonderful book full of the wisdom of God. So many times in life we wonder what to do next! We are confronted with a decision, a choice, a crossroad, and we do not know what to do. So that leaves us in confusion and chaos. What could we possibly do to get some insight into what to do? We can always go to God in prayer, and pour our hearts out to Him. He will listen and He will help! He has also given us this wonderful Word called the Bible! We can learn so much from studying the truths of this blessed Book!

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