Inherent within the idea of the Sabbath rest was the expectation of God’s people to work (Exodus 20:8-9).
Work is good for humanity. It is good for the soul.
I’m not talking about slavery, abusive employment, or unhealthy work conditions. I’m talking about the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with the effort of manual labor.
Knowing “you did that” by the sweat of your brow is good knowledge. This is knowledge that we should become acquainted with early in life.
Workers create, invent, enhance, beautify, set goals and gain strength. Work gives avenue to the part of our brain that needs to do more than think.
The lazy may be “intelligent”, but they lack the drive it takes to get where we need to be in our work ethic! No work ethic often leads to the lack of any good ethics (Proverbs 6:6-11, 24:30-34, 26:13-16). Not “having” is not wrong in-of-itself. Not “having” due to laziness, which often leads to taking from others, is wrong (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12).
Work is good for us because work is good, and if we fail to work at something then we are missing something.
“I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 NKJV)