Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The sluggard's character….. Part II

“The sluggard says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”             Prov. 22:13 AMP

The point is that the sluggard creates imaginary circumstances to justify not doing his work.

The sluggard is conceited and refuses to face the reality of what he is (Prov. 26:16).  The sluggard could change, but he will not listen to anyone.  He really thinks he will change one day and that there is no hurry.  In the mean time, he knows what he is doing and will not listen to anyone who tries to correct him.

Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep (Prov. 6:9-10; 19:15). It only takes a little sloth to start the individual on the path to poverty.  Laziness produces more laziness.   Always, therefore, look at sloth, not as an infirmity, but as a sin, affecting the whole man, growing upon us with unperceived power.  Allow it therefore no rest, no time to root itself. Resist it in all its forms--bodily, mental, spiritual: indulgence of sleep and appetite: self-pleasing in all its subtle and plausible workings.

Slothfulness results in things not being maintained (Prov. 24:30-34). The sluggard’s field grows over, his automobile is falling apart, his apartment or house deteriorates, his tools are rusty, his roof leaks, his hedges need trimmed and weeds have taken over his yard.  His things are misplaced.

Slothfulness brings one to poverty (Prov. 19:15; 20:4; 20:13; 24:33-34).   The sluggard’s poverty comes unexpectedly as when a guest arrives unannounced, and it comes with irresistible force as when one is robbed by an armed man.

The sluggard is dissatisfied.  He has the needs, the cravings, and the desires of any normal person, but they cannot be satisfied.  (Prov.13:4, 20:4, 21:25)

Slothfulness is frustrating to the sluggard (Prov. 15:19).

Slothfulness is frustrating to others (Prov. 10:26).

The sluggard’s position will be one of bondage.

As we think about the sluggard, we should recognize that his attitude and his sinful inclination are in every one of us.

Laziness is a sin of the heart.  It is an attitude that we should recognize in every one of us. Do we procrastinate?  Do we take the easy road when it comes to work? Are we jealous of others and think that they have it so much better than we do?  Do we make excuses for not being as productive as we should be in the work that we have?

“As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.” (Prov. 26:14)

This warning is true in our physical life as well as in our spiritual life.

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