Laziness Is A Choice That Comes With Its Consequences

Text for Today: Prov. 10:1-14 “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” (vs. 4).

I often say to people in our church that, laziness is a curse and an affliction that must be avoided with passion, because whoever comes under its siege will end a nobody and a disaster in life.

Being lazy is a choice, and its consequences surely come along with it, which no one can escape. The Valiant Woman “works with willing hands” (Prov. 31:13), meaning that she chooses, of her own volition, to work tirelessly in pursuit of the household goals.

“She rises while it is still night” (Prov. 31:15). “She makes linen garments and sells them” (Prov. 31:24). “With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard” (Prov. 31:16). It adds up to a lot of work.

In an agrarian economy, the connection between hard work and well-being is easy to see. As long as they have access to land to cultivate, hard-working farmers do much better than lazy ones.

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. A child who gathers in summer is prudent, but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame. (Prov. 10:4-5).

Beloved, in any chosen field you are at the moment, I charge you today to do whatever your hand finds to do very well. Laziness or the lack of diligence in the workplace is destructive.

All who have experienced lazy coworkers can appreciate this pungent proverb: “Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are the lazy to their employers” (Prov. 10:26).

Personally, I hate to be stuck on the same team with people who don’t shoulder their share of the burden. A lazy man can never be my friend.

You are a Champion!

Further Study: Prov. 31:10-31.

Covenant Prayers                           

  • Thank you Jesus for keeping me alive to see today.
  • I cast out every spirit of laziness from my life.
  • I receive grace to be and remain diligent all through my life.
  • This last quarter, the devil shall lose the battle over my dream.


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