Fatal Distractions: Slothfulness


The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and finds nothing. – Prov. 20:4

“Well no duh”or “Oh no, I’m gonna get it!”could be some first thoughts after reading this passage. Truth is we’ve heard this so many times that we begin to tune it out…& that’s when it becomes dangerous.

Before we go there, let’s unpack this verse. During a time when the sluggard should be reaping the rewards for his hard work… he is starving. Why?

The passage doesn’t say his time was cut short. He knew it was coming. It wasn’t circumstances, other’s opinions, his inability, or even a full schedule. He just didn’t plow.

So why wouldn’t he plow? Proverbs 21 gives us some more insight into the character of the sluggard…“[the sluggard’s] hands refuse to work-Prov. 21:25

He chose not to plow -get this- because he refused to work. His choice was the only factor determining whether he had an abundant crop or a barren plot of dust.

Let’s look at a few other characteristics that Proverbs tells us about the sluggard.

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”-Prov. 13:4

  • What do you learn about the soul of the sluggard? What does it get?
  • Who is contrasted with the sluggard? How?

He wanted the harvest, he CRAVES the harvest, but in his own version of ‘wisdom’he did nothing & in the end… that is exactly what he gets.

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Fast forward to today.

We live in a world that applauds toleration of evil & labels those who oppose it as bigots. There’s no black and white anymore, it’s all grey.

We are bombarded with so many opinions on today’s “hot topic”.. We know what the world,our family members, & leaders say but what does God say? Does He say anything? Is the Bible even relevant today?

Let’s see what Scripture has to say

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. -2Tim 3:16-17

So why are we so ignorant when it comes to Biblical worldview? What does this even have to do with the sluggard in Proverbs?

We need to know God’s Word! I believe we want to know it, but many Christians go off into the world spiritually starving because we are unwilling to ‘plow the Scriptures’.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. -2Tim 2:15

Friend, He’s got the answers! Here’s the catch: We’ve got to do the plowing! Dig into the word. Don’t stop searching until you find what God says. Once you find what He says you can hold onto it knowing that it isn’t the changing opinion of man but the firm revealed truth of God Himself.

Fatal Distractions

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