I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. (Prov. 24:30-34)
Wow! According to this scripture, if you’re lazy, you will be robbed by poverty! Poverty will come out of nowhere, put a gun to your head, take your wealth and leave you broke! This is serious stuff! However practical this teaching may be for our physical livelihood, I wish to think about it spiritually.
Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger. (19:15)
A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. (19:20)
Have you ever been too lazy to eat?
As bizarre as that sounds, this is part of the phenomena I see in some of our Christian walks. Sometimes we are or have been so spiritually lazy that we are cast into a deep sleep! In our sleep we don’t realize that we are starving ourselves! We allow weeds and thorns to grow and strangle our faith; our slumber allows the teachings of the world to trample through our hearts; our negligence leaves our spirits destitute of the Bread of life and leaves us hungry! I’ve recognized these hunger pangs when I’ve found myself at a stand-still in my spiritual walk. I realized that somewhere along the way I had become complacent and stopped seeking God as much as I did before. I had become spiritually lazy and, thus, asleep and starving!
How is it that when we are surrounded by the harvest, a wealth of opportunities to experience God, that instead of eating, working, and being spiritually active, we allow ourselves to fall asleep?! When we sleep we miss out on opportunities and end up poor!
I’m reminded of the parable with the talents. The master said, “Well done,” to the first two servants who took what they had and were faithful over it. They were diligent. But to the last one that buried his talent, He called him a wicked and lazy servant! The teaching of the passage was that for those who have, more was and will be given to them, but for those who have not, even that which they have will be taken away!
What is it that God has given you? What Word has he revealed? What faith have you been given? What talent? What opportunity? What responsibility? Are you being faithful and diligent over it? Or are you neglecting it?
We cannot neglect any opportunity! No matter how small it seems, if it is given to us from God, we must run with it! Negligence is foolishness! A lack of diligence leads to poverty! How long will you slumber? Poverty will sneak up on you like an armed robber! If you sleep on your season and neglect the fertile soil, when your season is up, God will remove you. (In some passages He uses the phrase “cut asunder”, “depart from me”, “tossed in the fire.”) I hope it is not salvation we neglect!
Laziness is wickedness because it is faithlessness! So whatever God has given us we cannot afford to be lazy! Don’t be lazy! Get up! You know what you have! You must awake from the deception and see its value and importance! You must recognize your responsibility! We can’t be lazy workers for the Kingdom of God! Laziness is carnal! It doesn’t matter if the work is hard. In laziness, one doesn’t take the opportunity to reach toward Christ to help them, they passively or complacently remain in their own muck and mire. Wherever it is that we lazily lay upon–it is a bed of iniquity!
Too lazy to eat!
We must pick up the bread of life. We must be spending time in prayer and in the Word. That’s how we fight the flesh. That’s how we fight off sleep. That’s how we stay hungry and ready to work. We cannot let anything deter us. We’ll miss out. We’ll be weak. We’ll be empty of purity, peace, purpose, passion, perfection… We will be poor!
Let’s not miss out! Let’s be like the ant!
Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man. (Proverbs 6: 6-11)
LETS GET TO WORK!!!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be poor!
(Check out Proverbs 24!)