Proverbs 24:30-34 The Message
30-34 One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones,
and then passed the vineyard of a lout;
They were overgrown with weeds,
thick with thistles, all the fences broken down.
I took a long look and pondered what I saw;
the fields preached me a sermon and I listened:
“A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”
Twice today (and it’s only about 7:30 am) the Lord has reminded me that being lazy, sitting back and not doing what He shows me and I know to do will only bring poverty to me. My intent is to post at least a message a day and yesterday I didn’t get it done. Proverbs is full of passages talking about being lazy. When the Bible says a lot about a subject we should pay attention because it generally shows that it is easy to do and we are susceptible to it.
Poverty is not just a financial thing. We can be poor in relationships, attitudes, finances and spiritual areas. The worst kind of poverty is of the spirit. If we are not diligent and consistent to read the Word, pray and practice those things Jesus showed us we will be poor in our spirit, lacking the strength we need to fight against the attacks that the enemy brings against us. If we are strong in spiritual areas the Lord will work on the other areas so that we will not be poor (lazy) in those.
You might be a real worker, taking care of your home, job, areas you volunteer but be undisciplined (lazy) about reading your Bible, exercise, how you eat, how you speak, disciplining your child any of these things. Or you may be just the opposite you may take care to do all of those things but you don’t clean your house, finish work projects, maintain your lawn do any of the physical things. Any area that you aren’t taking care of can be laziness. It can also show that you are trying to do too much, but that’s another message.
The good news is (and God always has good news for us) we can start today changing those areas where we are lazy. Make the decision to change, repent, pray and ask God to help you start anew. If you have to find scriptures to confess and believe for yourself.
Today is a new, good day. Remember:
Proverbs 10:4 New King James Version
4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
And if it seems too hard:
Philippians 4:13 Amplified Bible
13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].