The Sluggard

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?  when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 6:9-11

The sluggard is the lazy person.  Proverbs has much to say about the sluggard, and none of it is good.  I think that we are , in some ways and at some times, relaxing ourselves to death.  The sluggard doesn’t want to work.  It’s as simple as that.

The sluggard is asleep and doesn’t want to get up.  As our real life experience bears out, these verses are true when they say “so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”  Laziness (both physical and mental) brings poverty (both physical and mental).  And when poverty and want come, they come fast.

The more I read the Bible, the more I begin to realize just how practical it is.  If you want to profit, you are going to have to work for it.  You are going to have to earn it.  Whether that profit is some physical possession, a mental talent, or even something spiritual, we are going to have to wake up and work for it.

Again, most people tend to think about laziness and poverty as physical things, but they can also be mental or spiritual.  If we want to get our prayers answered, we are going to have to wake up and pray.  If we want to know the mind of Christ on a particular issue, we are going to have to wake up and read our Bibles.  If we want to draw closer to the Lord, it is going to require an effort.

There are so many different ways in which we could apply these verses.  But we can definitely say that the sluggard is not going to be blessed.

2 responses to this post.

  1. “I think that we are . . .relaxing ourselves to death.” Wow , Ben, that is such a cool statement. I keep seeking Him and learning how to “rest” in Him, how to “relax” as I trust Him, but those words don’t mean the same thing in Him as they do in the world. Does that make sense? haha! I can rest in His promises, while I am working my hardest at whatever I have to do that day. I can relax and know He has control of things, while I am busy about my daily work. God bless you as you keep yourself awake and moving ever forward with Him.

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