Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verses 14-15
14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
The two verses above are a great example of the Lord using exaggerated imagery to make his point. Perhaps it is also a method he uses to help us to understand how he sees things.
Unfortunately, the first verse hits home with me. I hate going to bed, and I always have for some reason. But, what I hate even more is getting out of bed. I don’t like getting there, but once I’m there, I’m there. And by way of this slothful behavior, I have come to understand a few things the hard way throughout life…
When you decide to stay in bed when there are things that need doing, trouble will surely come soon. Too much of this behavior could cost you everything, from your job, right up the chain to your home eventually.
And notice that the person in bed isn’t resting peacefully but is moving around a lot, as a door turning upon its hinges. How successful do you sleep under pressure, regrets, and all of the other stresses that come at you? Probably not too well until either the Lord comforts you or you pass out from exhaustion.
How much worse would it be if it was all because of lack of your own actions? What if you are facing a mountain of trouble because of this kind of behavior? I would imagine that even the most slothful type of person would be tossing and turning in anticipation of countless trouble that could have been avoided sooner.
Jesus said that today’s evils are sufficient for the day, and not to take care for tomorrow’s trouble (paraphrasing). Well, if you are too slotherly to get up and do something about today’s evil, It’ll be there tomorrow piggybacking tomorrow’s. An on it will go until you are forced to deal with things much more difficult than it would have been otherwise.
The following verse further elaborates on the laziness of the slothful person. Doing anything, even if it is a help to himself is a grievance to him. I envision a person who sighs a lot, over having to do just about anything. Everything is a bother for the sluggard, unless it is something that they feel like doing. Well… That’s different.
But even taking their hand from the bosom to the mouth is a bother (feeding themselves). They’ll do it if and when the absolutely have to. As one who loves to eat, that boggles my mind a little.
But oddly enough, I’ve seen it in action with others in the past. If someone doesn’t feed them then they won’t eat if there’s nothing they can just grab within arm’s reach.
And the way the mind of someone harboring this slotherly iniquity works, is that it’s everyone else’s fault that they haven’t eaten because nobody made them anything to eat. (I am referring to those who can help themselves, not those who can’t.)
It is clear to most of us why the Lord would have a problem with us having this kind of behavior hampering our own lives, and causing added concerns on the lives of those around us. But how clear is this when we look at these verses through a spiritual lens?
Are we slotherly when it relates to our relationship with the Father? Are we too lazy to pray, or to do whatever he may be placing on our hearts to do? Are we blaming the Lord for not doing things for us, that we could have easily taken care of ourselves?
Definitely a few things to chew on when we think on it spiritually. Jesus did all the work in order for us to enjoy salvation. But he doesn’t wave a magic wand that forces us to be spiritually active and obedient unto the Father. There are many things that rely on us taking the first step and a good deal of diligence.
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 20: King James Bible
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Romans 15: King James Bible
1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Hebrews 5: King James Bible
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Thank you for the examples that you’ve given us above, and for all of the other examples that you point out to us through your Word, and also throughout life. Help us to learn from every example that you give us, especially if we are the subject of that example. Help us to understand all things that you are trying to tell us in every way. Stir your body Lord, the Body of Christ, to be diligent and not harbor any slotherly behavior. As it would relate to living life physically, and also relating to our spiritual lives, concerning all things that have to do with you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever had nights or mornings that would qualify you to be: “as the door turns upon his hinges?”