“He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame” (Proverbs 10:5).
A wise man numbers his days (Psalm 90:12). He lives his life with careful accuracy and profound purpose; therefore, he redeems the time (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Jesus lived His life with an urgent sense of purpose. He declared, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). Clearly, Jesus numbered His days.
Solomon’s proverb above sharply contrasts the diligent action of a wise man with the slothful inactivity of a shameful fool. Like the prudent virgins in Matthew 25, a wise person uses today to prepare for tomorrow. Like the five unwise virgins in Matthew 25, a fool lives for the moment and looks for the path of least resistance.
Truly, you cannot sleep like you are in competition with the dead and expect to make it well in the world of the living.
What a shameful way to live!