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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wisdom’s Opposing Counterparts: Lazyness: Proverbs 12:24-27

 24) The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25) Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
26) The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27) The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.

This set of proverbs now reminds us that laziness is a characteristic of a foolish lifestyle….

EXPOSITION:

24) The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
1.  The wise man who is determined, eager and well prepared to fulfill the task at hand will be exalted and looked upon as faithful and trustworthy.
2.  For those that are unprepared and lazy leading to failure in the completion of his task, will be demoted and placed upon the rule of another.

And the man Jeroboam [was] a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.”   (1 Kings 11:28)

His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.  Take therefore the talent from him, and give [it] unto him which hath ten talents.”   (Matthew 25:26-28)

 

25) Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
1.  Dread and lack of desire hinders a man weighing him down and making his task much more difficult.
2.  Those who are can find encouragement to do a task at hand will find joy and contentment in fulfilling his duty

I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.”   (Psalms 38:6)

The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”   (Isaiah 50:4)

26) The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
1.  Those who are diligent, following the principles of the Lord with his life, will be placed ahead of others, guiding and leading them through example and speech.
2.  The path of those who break God’s laws and are facing condemnation are strong enticements to laxness and irresponsibility

[But] to the saints that [are] in the earth, and [to] the excellent, in whom [is] all my delight.”   (Psalms 16:3)

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”   (James 1:13-14)

27) The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
1.  Those who are irresponsible will be wasteful by not cooking that which he has labored to obtain.
2.  Those who are responsible will use that which he expends labor to gain.

A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked. (Psalms 37:16)

SUMMARY:

Does our life display foolishness by exhibiting a lazy, irresponsible attitude?  Or, do we lead the way for others by being prepared and determined to accomplish our calling of the Lord.  May we all be aware of the example we are setting and be prepared to accept each responsibility that the Lord may send our way.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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7 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    I love the Proverbs today. The heaviness of the heart is something I find myself fighting too often

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I am trusting once Al is home with you, you will find more peace and a recognition of your importance to him. Lord bless you, Terry.

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study and expounding it concerning laziness and hard work; much of our response to work is an issue of attitude and ultimately I find it a test of how much we Worship God and apply the Gospel that motivate us to do well in all that we do

  3. Debbie says:

    Thank you for helping us consider and study our way through the Proverbs! God bless you!

  4. It would seem that laziness and irresponsibility are two ‘fruits’ of the modern era. I daresay people will say it has always been, but I have seen a growing trend where we now have a generation who are not brought up with a work ethic. Their parents have lived on the dole all their lives and ‘going to work’ is not in their mindset. I am fully in favour of “work for the dole” or go without.

    On the other hand, how pleasant it is to meet diligent people – and how privileged and blessed of the Lord we are to serve Him.

    “Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” 1 Corinthians 15:58

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I have to agree with you Angela. Although I am sure that lazy people have always existed…. certainly the problem is increasing in the last few generations. For my days working in a variety of offices as an accountant. I saw young people who TRULY did not know what work was. They knew nothing of responsibility. My parents would have never let me grow up that way.

      Lord bless you. Thanks for your faithfulness in blogging. You are a blessing.

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