God Speaks About the Dangers of Laziness

God often reveals the wisdom of His word by demonstrating the consequences of going against it:

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Pr. 6:6 – 11. ESV

Sluggard. You just can visualize a lazy, shiftless, slug-type of a person. But why is God warning us about what appears to be a minor offense? It is the consequences of laziness that are His concern because they can be severe. In the scripture above, we find that even the basic needs of a lazybones are unmet; whereas those who act diligently, reap rich rewards.

He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Pr. 10:4 NKJV

In addition, those who are lazy often find themselves subject to the whims of taskmasters:

The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor. Pr. 12:24 NASB

Worse still, their lazy lives are filled with strife:

The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway. Pr. 15:19 ESV

But it is in the eternal sense where the consequences of spiritual laziness are gravely damaging – leading to self-induced disinheritance of God’s promises. Instead, God says that we must exercise the same zeal in seeking Him as the apostles did:

…show the same diligence [all the way through] so as to realize and enjoy the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises. Heb. 6:11, 12. AMP

God loves you and wants a love relationship with you; but you must initiate that connection and continue to keep that connection intact:

The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Ps. 14:2 NKJV

Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually [to be in His presence]. 1 Chr. 16:11 AMP

Being in a relationship with God then, is a doing. Lazy ones beware. Yet even we doers fall short in our doing. Thankfully, God in His infinite mercy calls us to jump back up on the saddle and retake our active role in our relationship with Him; and in His love, He will heal us from the consequences of our lazy slip:

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chr. 7:14 NKJV

Look at the verbs in that scripture: humble, pray, seek and turn – all words of action, yes? So, even the way back to God’s love, requires doing. If you have a little lazy streak in you, you must motivate yourself to be diligent in your walk with Him, by remaining focused on the benefits received by being related to Him, which include His favor and the ability to live in liberation from the god of this world:

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. Ps. 119:2 NASB

And I will walk at liberty, for I shall seek your precepts. Ps. 119:45 NKJV

Yet seeking God’s ways will be unfruitful unless you act upon them:

…prove yourself doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22 NASB

The words come from God. He is love; so they reflect the same. Thusly, love is also made possible through action:

“ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND…YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ Mt. 22:37 & 39. AMP

And you know, the effort to love, is really no effort at all…

Goodnight and God bless.

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August 16 2017 10:22 pm | experiencing god's love

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