Woes of the Sluggard
Scripture reading for July 12th: Proverbs 25-29
Solomon’s instructions to his sons included warnings about sexual temptation, alcohol addiction, and lots of sayings about laziness. God’s people are to be workers, using their talents and abilities diligently. When Jesus Christ picked his twelve disciples, they were all working a jobs and busy. Jesus, Himself, was always about His Father’s work and used time wisely for productive purposes.
“The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.” (Proverbs 26:13-15)
A sluggard is a lazy person who is always making excuses. Some excuses may make sense, but many are irrational justifications for not doing anything productive. The sluggard in Solomon’s example is worried about a fierce lion that could possibly attack him. He uses this as an excuse to stay in bed. Sleep is a way to pass time without having to face life and use talents and abilities. Solomon pictures this sluggard as one who grabs food out of a dish, but then is too lazy to eat it for nourishment. All he does is take up space and waste resources that could help another be a blessing. The sluggard is also wise in his own eyes, making correction of his ways impossible. (Proverbs 26:16) The sluggard goes hungry and his family suffers, too.
On the other hand, the wise person keeps close watch over their herds and flocks. They diligently care for them by harvesting hay to feed them and shearing their sheep for wool. The wool provides clothing for the family and God replenishes the hay and the wool. The flocks can be sold for money to buy land and your flocks and family will have plenty of food. (Pr0verbs 26:23-27) God works with those who will themselves work. He blesses their efforts and multiplies seed sown and efforts invested in honest labor.
Many in our land have become passive and will not work. Welfare has given them this option and their time is wasted. God has strong warnings in His word about laziness and passivity. Those who will not work should not eat! (2nd Thessalonians 3:10) Life is miserable for them and their families. God is glorified when we work! Check out your life today!