Some names really are as bad as they sound. I don’t think any one of us would like to be called “the sluggard.” The NKJV, the translation we use at NRCA and that I use in this blog, softens the term by translating it as “the lazy man.” It is a person who is always trying to avoid work. The sluggard makes up excuses to not do stuff that needs to be done. The sluggard might say that a job is too dangerous or risky to do (Proverbs 26:13). Or the sluggard is always too tired to work. Sluggards sleep too much (v. 14) and are usually too lazy to cook a meal or even get out of the bed to go the kitchen (v. 15). Yet amazingly, sluggards think that they know everything and are smart for being so epically lazy (v. 16)!
Surely we do not want to be sluggards. But all of us must battle laziness every day. We live in a culture that worships comfort and convenience. To work hard and get off your bottom takes effort and determination. In the summer, with relaxed schedules and no school, you might really be struggling to accomplish things. But we’ve got to try. Remember the challenge from Pastor Brian in the last chapel before the break: “Don’t waste your summer!” Wasted summers can turn into wasted years and eventually wasted decades if we allow laziness to become our way of life. So get up and get some stuff done today!
The Text (Proverbs 26:13-16)
13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Questions to Think About
- Have you ever avoided doing something that needed to be done because you were afraid of what might happen? Are you avoiding any important work right now because of fear?
- Do you sleep too much? Why or why not?
- What plans for the summer have you not yet accomplished? What can you do today to make progress towards your goals?