Laboring Under Difficulties
It is God's design that such workers shall be freed from unnecessary anxiety, that they may have full opportunity to obey the injunction of Paul to Timothy, Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them. 1 Timothy 4:15. While they should be careful to exercise sufficiently to keep mind and body vigorous, yet it is not God's plan that they should be compelled to spend a large part of their time at secular employment.
Work is a blessing, not a curse. A spirit of indolence destroys godliness and grieves the Spirit of God.
Not a few, but thousands of human beings exist only to consume the benefits which God in His mercy bestows upon them. They forget to bring to the Lord gratitude offerings for the riches He has entrusted to them.
Paul knew that those who neglect physical work soon become enfeebled. The indolent forfeit the invaluable experience gained by a faithful performance of the common duties of life.