“The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing” (v4). The “sluggard,” in proverbs, is the person who focuses on the comfort of the moment rather than doing the hard work of investing for the future, spiritually and materially. Human society celebrates self-fulfillment and right-now satisfaction, but God has built into His world processes of real fruitfulness that take time, patience, and self-discipline. Often, we need the wisdom of others. “Plans are established by counsel” (v18).
“The righteous who walks in his integrity-- blessed are his children after him!” (v7). Our faithfulness and obedience has long-term effects, even to future generations.