“The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful
upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his
own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.” Proverbs 26:13-16
Everyone can benefit from a study of the sluggard because too much of him lies in too many of us. Though we may not always exhibit his characteristics to such a full extent that we may be labeled as such, we can certainly profit from scriptural truth and straight forward urging that the Holy Spirit sends in our direction. For a true lazy person rarely acknowledges nor deals with his problem .
A few observations.... First, the slacker is not some sort of abnormal person. He or she is an ordinary man or woman who simply makes too many postponements or excuses for the obvious opportunities in life. Second, being a sluggard once in awhile is one of the great pleasures of life, as pleasurable as sleeping in on a rainy day. But this occasional reprieve is not to become characteristic of anyone.
The lazy person who has no mind to work never lacks for pretenses for idleness, delay or self-indulgence. None is so blind as those who refuse to see nor so deaf as those who will not hear. If a person is not willing to work, he or she can find endless excuses to avoid it. The less you do, the less you want to do, and the more useless you become. To overcome laziness, take a few small steps toward change. Set concrete realistic goals, consider the steps needed to reach it, and follow those steps. Pray for strength and persistence. To keep your excuses from making you useless—-stop making useless excuses.
To the diligent soul difficulties are challenges not withdrawals from action, they are challenges to be conquered. It is in conquering them that your abilities are developed and your habits positively honed. Difficulties should be seen as proof of God's confidence in us and opportunity from God to challenge us to improve our faith in Him. Those who are spiritually diligent will receive instruction and have boundless potential.
We must be prepared to take life as it comes; to mount the hill when it lies ahead and to go down the hill when it lowers, to walk through dark valleys and the dry deserts of this life on our way to eternity in Him. Let’s ditch sluggardly behavior and live diligently by faith, walking in His Spirit, and staying busy at what matters !
Have a GREAT day 👍🏻
- Proverbs 6:6-11; 10:26; 12:24; 13:4; 18:9; 20:4; 21:25; 24:30-34; 28:19
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
- 1 Corinthians 15:58
- Colossians 3:23
- 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15