Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Slugger Or Sluggard?
When Solomon refers to the soul of a sluggard he is not talking about Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays… or any other baseball player who is famous for hitting home runs. No a sluggard here is one who is compared to a slug or a snail… someone who is slow to act… a lazy person who takes little responsibility and has hardly any accountability in life with any other person.
My sister works with the homeless and we have talked about this deep issue of the soul among many though not all of them. A great number of homeless have no incentive for getting out of bed or going to look for work. That is the reason for some of them being homeless. They have no desire to be involved in serving the community or being a constructive citizen. If there is a flood or tornado or wild fires that have hurt others and their property not many donate what they do have… namely their time. They rarely go help a friend build a fence or feed cows or shovel snow or anything else that is beneficial to a neighbor.
Speaking to Believers who were able to work Paul said this: 1st Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
One thing Paul did not want us to do among fellow believers is to enable sluggards. However; our society has evolved into, even elevating and praising this way of thinking. For some it starts early on. In our culture many parents are not discerning in how they discipline their children. When they are annoyed or bothered by their children they might hit them or spank them or curse them… and at other times they let them run wild without any discipline at all.
Then as these children grow into adulthood, they wear this complex that they have been unfairly mistreated. Yes their parents did show them anger wrongly by being unkind to them for being an irritation instead of disciplining them for their own good out of love…
And now these coming of age adults rebel against many forms of structured order in society preferring to be on their own like when their parents let them run wild rather than being disciplined to be a good and responsible citizen who is accountable to their spouse and to their boss and even mutually to their neighbor and friends.
Without this heart for responsibility and accountability, even though these people are not homeless their personalities will show aspects of sluggardness in different areas of life. Oh yes though many have had to fact the fact they have to work to have a place to live when they get home they switch back to the sluggard mentality.
Look, if we listen to our body when it says stay in bed or stay on the couch, keep benging, watch another episode… keep eating, keep charging your credit cards on the shopping network… keep ignoring your children… keep being lazy… If we are a sluggard we will not fulfill the purpose God has for us in life. Our life will show like a book that we are not motivated by Gods Spirit. We are in the flesh. We need hope. We need a reason to look forward to life and love our neighbor and family as we ought. A reason to get out of bed. That hope is Jesus Christ.