May 26 Devotional

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason” (Proverbs 26:16).

 

It seems that the day in which we are living has far more people who think they know what they are doing than those who actually know what they are doing.  It seems that there are many “counselors” and not too many people actually “doing” something.  There are many people willing to “coach” others about how to live life, but very few that are in the game actually getting something done.  The word “sluggard” appears six times in the Bible, all in the book of Proverbs.  The verse above is the last time it is seen in our Bible.  The word refers to being lazy, or slothful.  I believe this is something that each of us needs to be aware of, and try to get as far away from as possible.

 

The writer of Proverbs 26 says that this lazy man is “wiser in his own conceit that seven men that can render [give] a reason.”  I think what God is getting at here is that if we are not careful, we can fall into a trap of laziness.  In that laziness we can develop at attitude and thought process that enables us to rationalize, or make excuses for anything we are “not” doing.  At the same time, we will develop the ability to defend our improper behavior so that no one can change our minds.  There is a great danger in getting to the place that you think you have discovered all the answers.  I remember a time in my life when I thought that I had to know everything there was to know about the Bible.  After all, I had a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible that it took me four years (really four and a half) to achieve.  I thought that I would be able to extol my great wisdom on people and that they would be amazed and delighted to hear me.  It was shortly after that time that reality set in and I realized I had a great deal to learn.

 

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the world revolves around you.  It never has, and it never will.  The world revolves around our God … it always has, and it always will.  Do all you can to sign up to work for Him.  I know that word “work” can be a dirty word in the world we are living.  God still desires for us to get involved and be active in His service today.  Don’t let this day pass without rolling up your sleeves and getting involved in the work of God today.  There is plenty to do, and not enough workers to get it done.  Volunteer today to do something no one else is doing!  There is plenty to be done, don’t plan forever, and get involved today!

 

When growth ceases, decay begins.” – Unknown