Don’t Be A Sluggard – Part 1 – January 20, 2019


Don’t Be A Sluggard – Part 1

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! Proverbs 6:6

What exactly is a sluggard? Robert Hicks says, ‘Feeling we’re entitled to things without being willing to do the necessary labor to obtain them makes us a society of sluggards.’ There’s one thing you’ll never convince the sluggard of: that he’s a sluggard. ‘The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly’ (Proverbs 26:16). Even if seven wise men tell him he’s lazy, he will not admit it – no matter if he’s outnumbered seven to one. You can tell a sluggard, but you can’t tell him much. ‘The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor’ (Proverbs 21:25). A sluggard’s two favorite words are ‘one day’. You can hear him or her saying, ‘One day I’m going to hit it big.’ Or, ‘One day I’m going to own my own business.’ Or, ‘One day I’m going to…’ (you fill in the blank)! He or she always has an excuse as to why they can’t work. That’s the meaning of Solomon’s statement: ‘The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway’ (Proverbs 15:19). When the sluggard looks out the front door of life, he doesn’t see a highway of opportunity, he only sees one big briar patch. Benjamin Franklin was right when he said, ‘I never knew a man who was good at making excuses, who was good at anything else.’ Bottom line: the sluggard would rather make an excuse than make a living. So the word for you today is: don’t be a sluggard!

Heavenly Father, forgive me when I make excuses. Help me, by Your grace work for all the things You have created me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


One comment

  1. I receive, and read, the LCC Devotions each morning, and often forward them to friends. Today’s devotion is overly harsh. I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I haven’t been able to work full time since 1998, when I was 39. I am now 60. I look for part time jobs that I may be able to do so I can earn some money each and every day. I PRAY twice a day for restored energy and the ability to learn, earn, contribute, and create. Am I a sluggard?

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