Earlier this year, I thought my ‘verse for the year’ was 2 Timothy 2:15, which says
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
While I am no longer sure that it's my verse for 2016, it is still a good verse for today’s letter. I is for Indolence.
What is indolence? It is another word for laziness, lethargy, idleness, sloth. And God’s Word has much to say about it. Consider:
Our orders—backed up by the Master, Jesus—are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don’t permit them to freeload on the rest. We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. We didn’t sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn’t be burdened with taking care of us. And it wasn’t because we didn’t have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious. (2 Thessalonians 3:6-9)
Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-13)
There are several verses dedicated to the subject in Proverbs, of which these are just a few:
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. (Proverbs 12:24)
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. (Proverbs 13:4)
Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. (Proverbs 19:24) That’s pretty indolent!
Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. (Proverbs 21:25)
She watches carefully all that goes on throughout her household and is never lazy. (Proverbs 31:27) This is just part of the chapter on that admirable Proverbs 31 woman.
The Bible has a lot more to say on the subject, and you can search out additional verses on Bible Gateway if you are interested. Let me just leave you with this:
Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. Ezekiel 16:49
Remember Sodom, the city that was destroyed by God? Laziness was one of the sins of its people! Clearly it is a vice that God hates and we should
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. (Romans 12:11)
Today’s prayer: Dear God, thank You for opening my eyes to how much You despise indolence. Please enable me to identify areas of apathy in my life and help me to be a good worker who does not need to be ashamed of her work. You are a holy God and deserve to receive the best I can give through the power of Christ made alive in me.
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