Spiritual Laziness (Part 2)

We continue our application of verses from Proverbs on laziness to parallel failures in spiritual matters.

“How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?” (Proverbs 6:9, HCSB).

This resembles a call from Paul in Ephesians 5:14: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Paul was inviting people to repent of their dark deeds and walk in the light of Jesus (Ephesians 5:7-14). A lack of spiritual alertness leads to blindly following the lusts of the world (Romans 13:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-10).

“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger” (Proverbs 19:15).

Proverbs warns that laziness will lead to hunger, which is especially deplorable when food is readily available (Proverbs 19:24; 26:15). This reminds us of a fact to which Jesus also testified: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Let us not be lazy when it comes to ingesting the word of God regularly and fully.

“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!'” (Proverbs 26:13; cf. 22:13).

The lazy man is a master of excuses, even if to the objective listener they are obviously ridiculous. If you talk with many about their relationship with God and their obedience to his will, what spouts forth is excuses, justifications, and rationalizations. Jesus taught a parable with a similar theme, and in it demonstrated how those prone to excuse-making will not taste of the kingdom banquet (Luke 14:15-24)

“The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly” (Proverbs 26:16).

Perhaps nothing surprises the spiritually diligent as much as the confidence with which the ignorant speak. Some who have not invested the time to come to careful conclusions still proclaim their opinions loudly, which leads easily to false teaching (2 Peter 2:12; 3:16). Being untaught, of course, is a remediable condition. It just takes effort!

–Brigham Eubanks