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A Wise Child - II Print E-mail
Written by Prabhudas Koshy   
Sunday, 23 April 2017

God’s desire for all the children who trust in Him is that they will grow as wise children. So, He provides plenty of counsel to help them to be wise in their words and actions. Today, we shall consider a second counsel from the book of Proverbs for growing wisely. It is taken from Proverbs 10:5.

“He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”

The above proverb teaches children that it is a shameful thing to go to sleep instead of gathering the grain when the harvest time has come. Preferring sleep above hard work during harvest season is very unwise; all the grain produced as a result of hard work in the field will then be wasted. It will also lead to lack of food and poverty.

In fact, the book of Proverbs observes that even ants work hard during the harvest in the summer season to gather food for the coming rainy season. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8)! To sleep when it’s time to work hard, is to act worse than a tiny creature with a very, very small head. There is nothing wrong about getting some good sleep. We need sleep to regain our mental and physical strength after a day’s hard work. However, it is foolish to sleep when it is time to work!

When a child goes to school, he must work hard for the final exams. Imagine how foolish it is for a child to go to school for almost a year and has no desire to prepare for the exams! A child who prefers sleep over study will not make much progress in his education. If he does not prepare for the final exams, he will either fail or not get good results. So children, when it is time to study, do not waste your time by simply sleeping or doing things that are not important.

Likewise, when it is time to seek the Lord through reading God’s Word and prayer, you should do just that and not something else. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6).