In today’s blog post we are going to talk about laziness. You know those last few moments of sleep are delicious; we savor them as we resist beginning another workday. We hit the snooze button on our alarm clock, but Proverbs warns against giving in to the temptation of laziness, of sleeping instead of working.
This does not mean we should never rest: God gave the Jews the Sabbath, a weekly day of rest and restoration. But we should not sleep when we should be working. In this passage of Scripture, the ant is used as an example because it utilizes its energy and resources economically. If laziness turns us from our responsibilities, poverty may soon bar us from the legitimate rest we should enjoy.
Let’s dive into Proverbs 6:6-11 and see what we can learn from this passage of Scripture.
Proverbs 6:6-7 CJB
Go to the ant, you lazybones! Consider its ways, and be wise. It has no chief, overseer or ruler;
The ant is an object lesson to us as it scurries back and forth, keeps on the move, and often carries oversized loads. It gets a lot accomplished without the benefit of a boss, foreman, or superintendent. When we watch a swarm of ants, they seem to move crazily in every direction, but their activity is purposeful and directed, even though there is no clear chain of command.
Proverbs 6:8 CJB
Yet it provides its food in summer and gathers its supplies at harvest-time.
This little creature diligently and industriously works in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. The emphasis here is not on making provision for the future but hard work now.
This passage should not be used to teach that Christians should make provision for a rainy day. We are forbidden to lay up treasures on earth (Matt. 6: 19). It is true that ants do provide for their future, and it is also true that Christians should provide for theirs. But the difference is that an ant’s future is in this world, whereas the believer’s future is in heaven. Wise Christians, therefore, lay up their treasures in heaven, not on earth.
Proverbs 6:9 CJB
Lazybones! How long will you lie there in bed? When will you get up from your sleep?
The lazy fellow seems to have an endless capacity for sleep. His philosophy is, “It’s nice to get up in the morning, but it’s nicer to lie in bed.” He seems to have an infinite deafness to alarm clocks.
“I’ll just lie here a bit, rest a little longer, just fold my hands for a little more sleep” — and poverty comes marching in on you, scarcity hits you like an invading soldier.
When finally roused, he says, “Just let me have a few more winks, a little more sleep, a short nap, a quick beauty rest.”
Others in the household may wait, but the day of poverty won’t. So shall your poverty come to you like a prowler and your need for an armed man?
And this concludes our lesson on laziness. I hope you have taken away some nuggets regarding these passages of Scripture of what to do and what not to do regarding laziness and work. Have a blessed day!