Day 27: The Lazy Man

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Day 27

The Lazy Man

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.

Proverbs 26:13-16 (NKJV)

Bible Versions

Proverbs 26:13-16 (MSG)13 Loafers say, “It’s dangerous out there! Tigers are prowling the streets!” and then pull the covers back over their heads.14 Just as a door turns on its hinges, so a lazybones turns back over in bed. 15 A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie, but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth. 16 Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty.

Proverbs 26:13-16 (NIV) 13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. 15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

Proverbs 26:13-16 (NLT) 13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed 15 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. 16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

Thoughts of Devotion:

Have you ever asked yourself, what are the characteristics of someone who is dominated by sloth? The Bible gives a very clear and defined answer. The portion we are reading this morning describes to us how a slothful person conducts himself in life. As I studied these verses I found at least four very evident characteristics.

  1. A lazy person always finds an infinite amount of excuses to avoid putting hands into the labor that needs to be done (v.13). These people live with an imaginary Lion, to not have to come out and face life’s tasks and responsibilities.

  2. The sluggard does a considerable amount of movement but does not leave his bed, he is stuck and anchored to it (v.14). He lays on his bed face up, then face down. Then he rolls from one side to another with a lot of movement but he refuses to get up. An extensive amount of movement but there is no progress or advancement!

  3. The lazy person dies of starvation because he refuses to take food to his mouth, even in life’s most basic needs, he expects others to serve him (v.15). Even with having all he needs before him, he lacks the most minimal amount of energy to feed himself. What can be said of others?

  4. A slothful person is too prideful to accept advice, he thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Even having advice that is complete and sound (which is what the 7 sensible men represent), he believes himself to be more knowledgeable then all the wise people in his life that surround him. He is never open to advice, he thinks he knows it all! But never does anything (v.16)

This morning, it’s important to be sincere with ourselves. The Lord desires to work in our lives but we must be willing to look at ourselves as if in a mirror and ask. Is it possible that this person describes me? For a moment lets reflect not upon others, but on ourselves. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to mold our lives and do an internal work. Make the decision to begin the necessary steps, abandoning sloth and becoming fruitful and productive people in the Lord.

Foundational Scriptures:

Proverbs 26:12 (NKJV) Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 19:15 (NKJV) Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,And an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 15:19 (NKJV) The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,But the way of the upright is a highway.

Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV) 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Ecclesiastes 4:5 (NKJV) The fool folds his handsAnd consumes his own flesh.

Reading Plan for Psalms & Proverbs in 60 days

Psalms chapters Psalms 91-94

Scriptures With Promises From Todays Reading:

Psalms 91:9-10 (NKJV) Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,Even the Most High, your dwelling place,10 No evil shall befall you,Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

Psalms 92:10 (NKJV) But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.

Psalms 92:12-14 (NKJV) 12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;They shall be fresh and flourishing,

Psalms 94:12 (NKJV) Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law,

Psalms 94:22 (NKJV) But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge.

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