Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
No Sluggard To Mission
Already in Proverbs 20 Solomon has mentioned various kinds of people. In verse one it was the person who is led astray by wine and strong drink… In verse 2 showed us one who stirs up anger and one who is angry… Then in verse 3… a peace seeker and also a quarreler. Today we look at the sluggard.
When autumn comes and there is work to do the sluggard likely does not tell others how lazy he is. He may not even acknowledge it to himself. It’s just that he usually has some very important task to do that keeps him from the work. It’s always something that he would rather do than to plow the fields. This year he must travel to see a sick friend in another village. Last year he had planned a vacation around that time with some friends. The year before that his allergies would act up whenever he exerted himself in the outdoors… fishing seemed to be ok…
If you’re like me, you too see many lazy streaks in your life from time to time… I think that when we notice one there is usually a corresponding spiritual deficiency that influences our physical lazy streak.
We may not think about how it’s a spiritual problem when we are lazy and don’t want to clean the house or mow the lawn but it is… It may be easier to identify as a spiritual issue when we don’t have a desire or are not motivated to read Gods word… Or we don’t want to be around believers or go to church and hear Gods word. We can always come up with a good sounding rational excuse for all these things but for the lazy person its usually something we would rather be doing that takes the place of what we are lazy to.
You see, if we are to not be lazy to the things of God we need a heart that would rather be doing the things of God. Of course, for believers, we received a heart like that when we became a new creation in Christ Jesus, but now this new creation like a new born must grow in the things of God… We are a work in progress and God is sanctifying or changing us practically to find our joy in doing his will as we see more of his glory and walk in smaller circles of repentance always turning back to him, the greatest treasure in the Universe.
I want to close with this passage from Paul in 2nd Corinthians chapter 5 which talks about how as a new creation in Christ made in good standing with God, we have no need to be lazy in life as though we have no purpose. Our new purpose gives us joy… and that is to share how others can be made in good standing with God.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.b The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconcilingc the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.