Idleness (laziness, slothfulness or loafing around) is a bad thing. The Bible warns us in many passages against being lazy or slothful. We are advised to be diligent in business. Prov. 24:30-34 says a lazy person is ignorant and lacks the courage and the strength to think of what to do and how to do it. Even if a lazy man has or inherits a vineyard, the vineyard will be overgrown with weeds and thorns while the fences are broken down. In the morning a lazy man will look out of the window and say “Oh, it is going to rain or there is a lion on the street and he goes back to bed to sleep.”
This, perhaps, was why Prov. 6:6-11 says “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise: which having no guide, overseer or ruler, provides her meat in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will thou sleep, O sluggard? When will 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 travels and thy want as an armed man.”
The truth is that a lazy person ends up doing the hardest and most disgraceful jobs. He carries heavy loads in his old age, begs at bus stops and takes to armed robbery, kidnapping, car snatching and so on. He becomes problematic to the community and the nation at large.
Our elders say “Hard work never kills; rather, it is indolence that kills.” It is, therefore, necessary to warn our children against laziness at school and at home. They must be diligent in whatever they do.
2 Thessalonians 3:12– “Now them (they) that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ that with quietness they work and eat their own bread.”
O Lord, help me to be diligent in anything I do and crown my efforts with success in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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