Slothfulness — Part 1
“He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster” (Proverbs 18:9).
The other day, my wife and I drove by a farmer’s fields that had been sadly neglected for some time. It brought to mind the words recorded by Solomon, who also passed such a farm. Of his experience he said, “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. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction” (Proverbs 24:30-32).
Is this true of our lives? Are we “great wasters”? The habits and routines we develop in our day-to-day practical living usually spill over into our spiritual life. A person who is sloppy and disorganized in natural things is often haphazard when it comes to reading their Bible, spending time in prayer, and in their service for the Lord. While it is true we all have different bends to our nature and personality, yet we can all take heed to the exhortation, “Be not slothful” (Judges 18:9; Hebrews 6:12).