Part 6 - Proverbs 17-19

This Bible study devotional covers Proverbs 17-19. In this passage, we will discuss the common themes of laziness and hard work.

As always, we are committed to showing you how to see the good news of the Gospel in every passage of Scripture. In Proverbs 17-19, we see that God made us to work and for our work to matter. Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope that everything done in Christ will last forever.

**Observation Questions:**

1. In Genesis 2:15, what tasks were given to Adam in the garden of Eden, and what does this imply about the nature of work before sin entered the world?

2. How does the description of the sluggard in Proverbs 6:6-11 contrast with the purposeful activity of the ant?

3. What does Proverbs 14:4 suggest about the relationship between hard work and its outcomes?

4. According to 2 Thessalonians 3:10, what is the Apostle Paul's stance on work and provision?

**Interpretation Questions:**

1. Considering the task given to Adam in Genesis, how might work be viewed as a form of worship or service to God?

2. What lessons can we learn from the ant in Proverbs about the importance of initiative and preparation?

3. How does the proverb about the oxen inform our understanding of the necessary efforts and responsibilities that come with fruitful labor?

4. Reflecting on 2 Thessalonians 3:10, what might be the broader implications of Paul's command for the Christian community and individual responsibility?

**Application Questions:**

1. Identify a task or responsibility in your life that you find challenging. How can you approach it with a mindset that honors God as an act of worship?

2. Think of a recent situation where you procrastinated or avoided work. What practical steps can you take to overcome this tendency and become more proactive like the ant?

3. In light of Proverbs 14:4, what is one area of your life where you can invest more effort to see greater results, understanding that the work may be challenging but rewarding?

4. Reflect on a time when you worked hard at something because you knew it served a greater purpose. How can you apply that same motivation to your current work or responsibilities?

5. Choose one daily routine this week where you can demonstrate diligence and intentionality. How will you ensure that you follow through with this commitment?