I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. (Pro 24:30-32)
Slothful; [slawth-fuh l, slohth-] adjective – sluggardly; indolent; lazy
America was once a nation of diligent laboring people that viewed work as a blessing and a good use of their time. Today, we seem to have the philosophy that work is just a necessary evil to endure until time off and a means to obtain the necessary finances to support the “real life pursuit” of leisure and fun.
Although I know some folks that will not believe it, I am not against fun and leisure. I am however saddened we have lost the love for work and that our nation, education, and homes are the worse for it.
In the text above we can learn several lessons.
Sloth brings neglect
If we are lazy and slothful, we will be neglectful. All our lives we have experienced this truth. From the rusted Christmas wagon we left out in the snow because we were too lazy to bring it inside, to the engine problems of our vehicle because we filed to be diligent to maintain its oil system.
Sloth promotes neglect which brings ruin.
Sloth yields no fruit
In the parable, it was a previously prosperous field. But now, because of a lazy husbandman, it is an unfruitful field and a blessing to no one. Because of our laziness we become unfruitful in all areas of our lives, including soul winning, ministering to our families, and meeting the needs of others.
Sloth bring down our walls
Walls are for separation.
When we are slothful in our personal disciplines and in leading our families there are no distinctions from us and our neighbors in the world. We lose our testimony and easily drift into the questionable and sinful styles and activities of the world.
Walls are for protection.
When we let down our guard, sin and worldliness enter. The walls come down and the enemy steals what fruit that might have remained.
Walls are for identification.
Sloth allows the walls that distinguish who we are and what we stand for to be broken down. We lose identity regarding our doctrine, holiness, and our walk with our God.
So my friend, “considered it well”.
May we confess our laziness as a sin and seek to replace sloth with diligence.
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.(Pro 10:4)
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