“The soul of a sluggard desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (Proverbs 13:4).
The preacher here extols the virtue of diligence and decries the futility of slothfulness. Actually, on a practical level, he contrasts the difference between wishful thinking and hard work.
The sluggard looks at the prosperity of those around him and wants the same things, but he isn’t willing to put forth the effort to obtain them—so his desire is prosperity without exertion. The lesson is that prosperity comes only through hard work.
Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments teach against being lazy and, at the same time, specify that we are not to covet what our neighbors have; rather, we are to work to support ourselves and our families—it is made clear we are never to expect something for nothing.
The same principle holds in our spiritual lives: to be enriched spiritually, we must work at it—we must immerse ourselves in spiritual matters and really put forth an effort to be an integral part of the great Cause of Christ.