Proverbs 20:4-6 (ESV)

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;

he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,

but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,

but a faithful man who can find?

In autumn, the ancient farmer needed to work hard, plowing his field early to later yield a harvest and supply his household with food.The sluggard was too lazy to do the dirty work of turning up soil long before seeds could be planted. He didn’t want to sweat, but instead expected to enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labor. The deceitful man buries self-seeking motives within his heart, thinking none will see why he does what he does. But the wise man is able to discern his schemes. The phony man boasts about how loyal he is, but when the rubber meets the road, it’s all about him. What a blessing it is to find a genuine friend who sticks by your side! Do you have a friend like that? If not, determine to be kind to others today. You never know who may end up being faithful to you in return.