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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!

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The fool in Scripture

Scripture reading for June 6th: Psalms 13-18

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

The fool in Scripture is the one who denies the existence of God.  Why would anyone want to deny that God exists?  Isn’t God the one who made each person?  Hasn’t God placed eternity in the hearts of all men? (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  Isn’t God evident to all through creation, who’s voice has gone out to all mankind?  (Psalm 19:2-4)   The reason this kind of fool exists isn’t because of an intellectual problem.  It isn’t because there is a lack of proof that God is really real!  It is something much deeper than that!

According to Psalm 14, the reason the fool says that there is no God is because of corruption of character.  These people are vile and do not do anything that would be considered ‘good’ in God’s sight.  These people are not seeking God so that they do not have to answer for their wicked deeds.  They prefer their corruption and want no ‘God’ to interfere with their evil ways of living.  It is very convenient to do away with God or any knowledge of Him. That way God sort of goes away in their thinking.  This liberates them from responsibility and possible judgment.

The Apostle Paul describes the fool’s way of thinking in Romans 1:18-23.  These people have known about God and His ways but have suppressed this truth in unrighteousness.  Having suppressed truth, the lie based on their own futile thinking darkens their hearts and souls.  The lie is that there is no God!   God allows them to follow their darkened understanding and worship creatures and creation rather than the creator.  (Romans 1:21-23)  They go deeply into idolatry.

The next step is sexual perversion.  (Romans 1:24-27)  When a person rejects God because of their wickedness, God allows that person to be deluded and go deeply into perversion and further depravity in the breaking of God’s laws.  This results in all kinds of sexual sin, lying, greed, envy, malice, strife,  and idolatry.  It is where every ‘fool’ in Scripture ends up without the grace of God.

Men and women have no excuse for staying a fool however.  God is always ready to save, heal and forgive.  We must humble ourselves and admit that He exists and that He will reward and forgive those who seek him.  (Hebrews 11:6)  God would rather forgive and show mercy than to judge.  If you have been foolish in your words or attitudes about God, take time today and repent.  God is faithful and just and will forgive you!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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