7 Characteristics Of Lazy People In The Bible
Leave it to lazy people and nothing will ever get done. You may have heard the wise advice which says “Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.” However, lazy people say “Why do today what you can do tomorrow.”
(1) Lazy people love to sleep a lot
Prov. 19:15 says “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”
Prov. 26:14 says “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.”
What this means is that just as a door turns on its hinges yet is firmly riveted to those hinges lazy people turn on their beds yet seem not to be able to leave it.
(2) Many lazy people may not achieve much in life
Judges 18:9 says “And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.”
Heb. 6:12 says “… be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Prov. 15:19 says “The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.”
It is difficult for lazy people to see their way. The righteous on the other hand have a plain path to walk despite the trials of life.
(3) The lazy will have to serve the diligent
Prov. 12:24 says “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
Prov. 12:27 says “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”
(4) Lazy people waste time and other things
Prov. 18:9 says “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”
(5) Lazy people allow things to fall apart – even their house!
Eccles. 10:18 says “ By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.”
Apparently lazy people do not believe that a stitch in time saves nine.
Prov. 24:30,31 says “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.”
(6) Lazy people have desires but no will to bring it to fruition
Prov. 21:25 says “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.”
Prov. 26:15 says “The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.” (See also Prov. 19:24)
(7) Lazy people find weird excuses not to work
Prov. 22:13 says “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” (See also Prov. 26:13)
Matt. 25 talks about how a man travelling to a far country gave his servants “talents” – a type of money in those days. The one who was given five talents invested them and got gained five more. The one given two talents invested them too and gained two more. However, the one given only one talent dug a hole in the ground and hid it in the ground. Listen to the weird excuse in Matt.25:24,25:
“Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent [money] in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.”
Now, if he knew that his master would dig up the earth like that then the worst place to put the money was in the ground! His master called him a “wicked and slothful servant.” That lazy man did not realize that if you put money in the ground it will not grow. He should have tried a “Money Tree” account in a Credit Union.
Let us therefore follow the injunction in Rom. 12:10,11 which says:
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”
Here is something that those who want to be more diligent need to read:
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