Proverbs 24:30-34 “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”
As we age, it becomes easier to take the path of least resistance. Viewing the amount of effort it may take to complete a task or the size of the job ahead of us seems a bit more than when we were younger.
In the name of efficiency or productivity, we try to simplify and reduce the steps, the number of activities, and the overall cost to body, soul, and pocketbook. But at its core, there is some work involved.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”
From the beginning in the garden, God set Adam to work. God placed in us the need to be industrious for many reasons and one precisely; to fend off the sin of slothfulness.
I believe that Solomon, the wisest man yet to live, determined to observe humanity to gain what he could from what he saw. As he did, he witnessed the cause and effect of actions taken on other’s behalf. Then, he would watch their outcome. To be able to process, in his mind, the reasoning behind the movements; the motivation, was where God gave particular wisdom.
Discernment is an acquired ability. It requires patience, temperance (self-control), and meditation. The ability to learn from other situations, circumstances, failures, and successes take a mindset desiring growth, learning, and constant vigilance.
Solomon said it best – “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”
It is not a hard right turn in one’s life made by a single decision; it is a series of small compromises that lead to a great disaster. From nations whose beginnings were glorious to their surprising demise; to families started with the best of intentions ending in divorce, and dissolution. There are examples all around us.
But are we more like Solomon; learning from the classroom all around us? Or, do we blissfully go about our life with our myopic viewpoint? The harsh reality is that we slowly try to find a level of comfort in this life. Some, to the extreme of avoiding work altogether, and others are working themselves to death without ever enjoying the fruits of their labors.
Many have heard the old axiom:
“All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.”
What is now touted in modern-day workplaces is called ‘work-life balance.” The ability to so live your life, keeping all the right priorities in place, and living by them. Often, it is in the execution of those priorities that we stumble.
If every child of God read a Proverb a day, we should be the wisest of men – shouldn’t we? Taking what we’ve learned and applied to our lives daily would help us to grow incrementally every day.
Human nature being what it is, sin gets into one’s life and makes a mess of things.
Take the time to read a Proverb a day. If you once had that as a daily routine, do not allow it to become mundane, or duty in your life. Read to learn. Learn to apply it to your life.
The slow compromise of not doing what will aid us in growing will lead to failure.
May we take to heart all that we read as a lesson to learn and apply to our lives.