Proverbs in 365 Devotions

Proverbs 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

When Your Head Splashes

Down Into Your Oatmeal

R Aylor

Today Solomon is talking about a man who is just too lazy to even finish eating. Oh, it doesn’t begin that way does it? Maybe he struggled getting out of bed with faith to face the day… He lacked joy for life… Even the simple things of life… the beauty of Creation… a simple flower adorned in glory that surpassed King Solomon. How long had it been since a morning sunrise brought a smile to his heart? How long had it been since he had even  been up early enough to see a sunrise? Or if he was… even if he unhappily drug himself out of bed with a feeble “woe is me”… though he may have seen the sunrise he didn’t really see it.

This is the man who finds his selfish desires not in getting rich or holding great power over a people… for he has likely tried those paths… In his eyes working for a living was not all it was cracked up to be. Now his selfishness has sought another path… he has considered that possibly doing the least work he can… letting the government pay his way if possible… if not then its ok… just to survive… lay around and take it easy… Every day go to all you can eat buffets… watch as much tv as possible… do whatever I want every single day… that was his motto. Guess what… Just like his old job… these things did not satisfy him… Now sitting alone at home he even dreads taking a shower… and seldom does… he no longer cleans his house or washes his dishes.


Eating is not enjoyable to him as it once was; and here is where our text comes in… Solomon says: 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.


Whats the use? I can imagine that this might be the end for that man… Maybe to his demise all of a sudden his head will plop down into his bowl and he will drown in his oatmeal. But it doesn’t have to end like that.

Just as the unsatisfaction with sin grows and grows until man realizes it was all a big scam… Even so the seed of faith grows in a mans life.

Jesus gives us this example in Luke 13:18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” 20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”