The Problem with Laziness

Proverbs 24

Becoming a sluggard requires little effort

Proverbs 24:33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief.

The “sluggard” is lazier than a pig on vacation. His only exercise is turning on his bed; Proverbs says he is hinged to it. Any farfetched excuse—“There is a lion in the road!”—will keep him from going to work. Proverbs laughs at the sluggard a little, but uses him to teach serious lessons. You can be like him very easily, for it doesn’t require much: “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.” Putting things off, making excuses, sleeping in—who doesn’t sometimes fall victim to these tendencies?

The result of such a life? Poverty, frustration, broken relationships. The sluggard still wants the luxuries hard work earns, but he never gets them. “The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him” (Proverbs 21:25).

Proverbs on laziness: Proverbs 6:6–1110:42612:242713:415:1919:152420:421:25;22:1324:30–3426:13–16.

Life Questions

What attributes of a sluggard do you recognize in yourself? Do you think of these as serious?

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  • I believe we all  have at one time r another fallen into the trap of laziness,but to God b  the Glory once u  have knowledge of it, u can stay  on top of the game of being lazy. making a habit of prioritizing the things that go on in everyday life. I've found that starting my day  in prayer and meditation asking for the Spirit to lead and guide me,i start off with a burst of energy!!!!!!

    at one time in my life I had ALOT of the above attributes...yes they were serious BUT now ALL PRAISE TO GOD they r no more.....TO HIM WHO KNOWS!!!!!!!!!!

  • We all fall victim to laziness sometimes. . We just have to remember to take a day off if needed and them quickly regain focus. Making a list such as "6 most important things to do"daily helps. You can't end your day until all on list is completed.

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