I was listening to a Chapel podcast tonight by Dr. Richard Taylor, a professor at DTS. He was speaking on the characteristics of “sluggards” as discussed in Proverbs. One proverb in particular, which is repeated twice in the book of Proverbs, is the following (from the NET Bible):
22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the middle of the streets!”
26:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion in the streets!”
And there are several others…
26:14 Like a door that turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
26:15 The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation than seven people who respond with good sense.
6:9 How long, you sluggard, will you lie there? When will you rise from your sleep?
The interesting thing is that no one probably thinks of themselves as a sluggard (lazy). At times any of us can have sluggard tendencies, especially if we put off doing things we know we should do (commonly known as procrastination) or we are incapacitated with anxiety because there appears to be SO MUCH to do! (This is a problem I face repeatedly, unfortunately).
The Bible also says,
But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:11-12)
or as the writer of Proverbs puts it “Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6)
This Chapel really spoke to me. I need to be more like ants who work diligently, scavenging one morsel of food at a time instead of hiding in my ant hill fretting about how much food I need to collect before winter, wondering how I’m going to get it all collected. If you’re like that too, then I think you would enjoy listening to this Chapel as well (link below, ~29 min).