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.
Here in the wisdom book of Proverbs, Solomon speaks God’s Word to us about laziness. He starts by suggesting we look at how hard an ant goes about his business. Without an overseer to move him along, he works diligently to provide food all year long. Yet, for us, it is often our laziness that brings great suffering to our lives. A little more sleep, just a little procrastination, and soon the lack of needs being met are our reward. Later, Solomon will say diligence is man’s precious possession (Proverbs 12:27).
What have you been putting off lately, sure that you will get to it in just a little while? Prayer, church attendance, reading His Word each day? Don’t wait too long, for the fruit of laziness will overtake you like a prowler and a robber. Read Proverbs 10:4-5.
Lord, help me to be diligent!
Pastor Jack Abeelen