"There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want."
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men" (1 Cor. 1:25), and what seems foolish to us from a worldly standpoint may actually be wisdom in God's eyes. As college students, caught up in our busy world of classes, studying, practicing, meetings, sleeping, working out, and socializing, we naturally consider it foolish to devote time to going to church, studying Scripture, praying, and serving others. When we have to eliminate something from our busy schedule, the things of God always seem to be the first things to go. In our minds, all of those things are optional, unnecessary, or expendable. But everything in the first list, we just absolutely have to get done.
I mean, if God wants me to get my work done and do well in school, surely He'll understand if I neglect my soul in order to meet these ends, right?
"Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?"
There are few things more encouraging in college ministry than men who are reliable. It is indeed rare. But God blesses faithfulness; and those who are true to their word, He does not withhold good things from them. Often, that blessing looks like more responsibility, and that should cause us to rejoice, because God is calling us do the work of building His kingdom!
Here are a few different ways I might reword this proverb:
"As the door turns on its hinges,
So does the sluggard on his bed."
Everyone knows that sleeping in is lazy. That's not to say there aren't times when it's warranted, but generally, when we think of lazy college students, we all think of the guy in the picture above, and rightly so.
While I was often tempted to sleep in in college, my schedule usually prevented it. I had to get up for class, or church, or a meeting, or something else I wasn't willing to miss.
On weeks I was asked to help lead worship at church, I was up at 6 a.m. on Sunday to get ready. I remember many such mornings passing my friend Isaac on my way into the bathroom:
"Good morning, Isaac," I'd say.
"Good night, Alex," he'd reply.
I was on my way to the shower. He was on his way to bed.
Had I not had an obligation in the morning, I'm sure my schedule would have looked much like Isaac's . . .