Sunday, June 16, 2024

Being Slothful

by Rebecca Troup

As the door turneth upon its hinges, 
so doth the slothful upon his bed. 
Proverbs 26:14 

I recently had surgery so for the past week and a half, all I have been able to do is lie around the house doing nothing.  Doing nothing and the above verse got me to thinking about being lazy.  The word “slothful” means “Inactive; sluggish; lazy; indolent; idle” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary).  I am sure you have heard the saying that “an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop”.  I have found this to be true in my life.  When I cannot be busy “about the Father’s business”, the Devil sends his minions to oppress my mind.  Depression mostly always sets in.  It is not easy to be motivated these days.  Our flesh craves comfort and pleasure.  However, I do not want to be the lazy man described in the Word of God.  The Bible says that the lazy man (the slothful) is:
1.  Useless to others-  Prov. 10:26
2.  Not productive-Prov. 13:4; Prov. 20:4
3.  Prideful-Prov. 26:16
4.  Under Bondage-Prov. 12:24
5.  On the wrong path-Prov. 15:19
6.  A waster-Prov. 18:9
7.  A User of others-Prov. 21:25
8.  Not right with God-Heb. 6:12
A few months ago, I read an amazing autobiography.  It was From Where I Stand by James W. Knox.  The desire of that man to serve God puts me to shame.  He has done more for the Lord in his life than I could ever do.  I know we are not to compare ourselves with others.  I just know that after I read that book, I was motivated to get off the sofa and work for Jesus.  I mean, do we really believe there is a HELL?  Do we really believe that Jesus is coming again?  People, we do not have much time left.  Today we are one day closer to the coming of Christ and the day when millions, maybe your neighbors, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire!  Let us resist the desires of our flesh and get out there and tell others about OUR Saviour.  The Bible says that lost men walk in darkness and they need the Light.  I will share some more about the Light at a later time.  Just let me leave you with this thought:  When Christ returns, will He find you spent more time entertaining your flesh than you did in His service?  Will you regret not doing more for Him?  Think about it!  I think we will all have regrets.  Come on friends, let us work, for the night is coming when no man can work. (Jn. 9:4)

by Rebecca Troup

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