Proverbs 19: King James Bible
A Deep Sleep – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 15
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
If you don’t have much of an understanding behind the verse above, count your blessings. This is a verse that I have come to understand through hardship, and gaining first hand experience by behaving with slothfulness or an idle soul.
My understanding of the first half of the verse, concerning slothfulness casting someone into a deep sleep, may be better interpreted these days as depression. Depression can set in, after an extended period of slotherly behavior.
This happens, because this type of behavior is responsible for things to not be taken care of that have to be attended to. As time goes on, more and more things that should have been taken care of begin to pile up.
Eventually, a person set in slotherly behavior has to face the consequences of their lack of action, and it is never pretty. Loss is the end result, and if there isn’t any legalities involved, the only saving grace to the whole thing is that one (in a way) starts from scratch with a clean slate.
A deep sleep is a good way to put it, because someone going through this, might as well have slept through days of their lives. All of the simple (or at least doable) things that would have kept their lives on the up and up, have passed and have turned into a mountain of trouble.
When this happens to someone, it can wind up being extraordinarily depressing, causing that slotherly pattern to only get worse. In addition to that, what seems like a cauldron of stress feels like it’s poured over your shoulders, with a pinch of helplessness.
The second half of the verse above also makes perfect sense. If you’re idle, you’ve not earned what it will take to get your food. Also, if you’re idle, you aren’t moving to get yourself food. There is a spiritual thing to all of this.
How about feeding your soul, or feeding your spirit? Are you aware that the Word of God is food for the soul? Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Father. Do you feed off of that which has come from the mouth of the Father?
Do you read and absorb the Word of God as much or as often as you do to fill your belly? Something to think about for all of us.
To fight the negative, slotherly, or idle behaviors above, it takes going against the flesh, and doing whatever needs to be done. Even if everything in the world causes your motivation to be running for the hills, do whatever it is that must be done, and get it over with.
The Lord knows this, and has purposed this verse for such a problem as this. Because what we can ascertain from scriptures, is that there are clear answers to this verse, in order to avoid unnecessary problems that come with these slotherly behaviors. Such as:
Diligence keeps us from falling into a deep sleep; and an active, feasting soul shall not suffer hunger.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 4: King James Bible
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Romans 12: King James Bible
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Hebrews 6: King James Bible
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Please help any of us who might suffer having a slotherly or idle soul, and help us daily to stand against it, and do all that must be done. This burden we lift up to you Lord, and take your yoke, as your yoke is easy, and the burden is light. Give us strength in spirit, mind,m and body to move forward with anything that must be done, so that we may be better stewards, better servants to you, and more favorable children in your sight. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever had time pass you by so quickly, that one day you’ve come to the realization that you feel as if you’ve been in some sort of a deep sleep?