Sunday, 10 May 2020
Proverbs 10.4-5; 26
Lazy people have been around for a long time. I am sure we can recognize one when we see one because we cannot miss them. Proverbs says a lazy person will irritate you like “vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes.” The trouble is that lazy people are everywhere. They are found in homes, the market place, the schools, and even in the churches. Wherever they are, they are irritants and unpleasant ordeal to others but they feel nothing about it.
Proverbs describe a lazy person as a sluggard. Laziness is slothfulness. He moves slowly, with no sense of urgency, loves to sleep, wants more without any effort to work for it. He always out-argues with his reasons to excuse himself. He is easily defeated by minor obstacles or hindrances to get things done. As vinegar causes teeth to ache and smoke causes eyes to burn, so a lazy person irritates and hurts his boss or employer, or anyone else depending on him.
Proverbs 10:26 (NLT)
Lazy people irritate their employers,
like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
One of the many excuses of a lazy person is: not fair with so much discrimination, for race, religion, sex, lack of connection with the higher-ups, etc. In the Old Testament, Joseph and Daniel, both of these young men were in places not of their choosing. They lived in a foreign country, but with hard work and wisdom AND the fear of God, they climbed to the very top of their careers. They seized every opportunity of the day to do their best, as they succeeded.
Procrastination is another form of laziness. It often starts right early in the morning of each day. Lazy people turn over in bed. They get no farther than a door swinging on its hinges (Pro. 26.14). If you can do it today, don’t push it for tomorrow.
Laziness has no place in the life of a disciple of Jesus. The consequence of a lazy person is heart-breaking. Hence, poverty is the result of the continuous sin of laziness. Lazy children bring disgrace to their parents. Lazy parents make their children suffer in want. Laziness can cause us to lose our jobs. Laziness deprives us of our right to eat.
Proverbs 10:4 (NLT)
Lazy people are soon poor;
hard workers get rich.
10.5 A wise youth harvests in the summer,
but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.
12.11 A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12.24 Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave.
13.4 Lazy people want much but get little,
but those who work hard will prosper.
As children of God, we are richly blessed with abilities and opportunities to love and serve God and people. Let us be good stewards of the Time, Talents and Treasures God has blessed us with. Let us use them freely.
“FREELY RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE”.
He said, Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe others will know that I live.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave,[a] there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Prayer for today
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, today we especially thank you for our mothers. They are special to us. We thank you Lord, for their care and nurture; for love and support, wisdom and sacrificial giving; for tears and smiles; for encouragement and correction; thank you Lord, that in such love we see a reflection of you own love for us.
Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with children, help us to raise them with you in mind. Help us to teach them the right values and to raise them up to love You, to seek Your heart to guide them to pursue the path that you have laid before them. Lord, help us to along the path, even as we face difficult patches and navigate uncharted waters.
There are times, we feel we are at the end of the rope. We commit our rebellious teenagers to you. Lord, show our children the race You have marked out for them to run. Teach them to run their race with perseverance, fixing their eyes always, and only on You. Hebrew 12.1-2. Teach our children not to copy to the ways of this world, but to be transformed into new persons by the way they think. Then they will know that God’s will for them is good and pleasing and perfect. Rom. 12.2. Grant them strength to resist temptations and direct their steps to follow you daily.
Lord, protect our relationship with our spouse. Help us to walk the talk before our children. Forgives us when we lost control when we were under stress. Our words have caused hurt to each other, forgive us and heal us. O Holy Spirit, help us to let you saturate our lives. May your Holy Spirit give us the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Lord we Praise You and Bless Your Holy Name for our mothers, grant them good health, spiritual vitality and much joy each day. We thank you in Jesus’ Name.
Pastor Isaac Yim