Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 21 P. 320 – Deadly Desires

Proverbs 21: King James Bible

Deadly Desires – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 25-26

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Deadly Desires

There’s something about the slothful that sets them in a self destructive mindset. Here are a few things that we’ve already learned about people of this nature:

  • The slothful shall be under tribute ~PR. 12:24
  • They’re too lazy to even feed themselves Pr. 12:27
  • Their ways are as a hedge of thorns Pr. 15:19
  • Their work ethic is pretty much a waste of time Pr. 18:9
  • Their ways cast them into a deep sleep Pr. 19:15
  • Won’t do anything for themselves Pr. 19:24
  • And we’ll be seeing more of the slothful in future devotionals…

According to the verse above, they wind up harboring deadly desires. Not necessarily deadly to anyone else, but this spiraling pattern of slotherly self destruction will only end in death.

Mind you, the Lord isn’t talking about needs in the verse above, but desires of the heart. People who are least willing to do anything for themselves, get a job, take care of themselves, settle personal matters of any kind, etc., are typically those who set their sights on a destination, and have no intentions of doing what it takes in order to get there.

They burn with wants as a broke covetous man who can’t stop window shopping. Which is also by the way, a good form of self abuse. All willingness to do things through proper channels is gone by the wayside, but expectations grow larger through time.

Please do not confuse the sluggard and the slotherly with people who can’t do anything, or have become disabled somehow. Being slothful is not a physical condition, but rather a condition of the heart and will. If you’re not willing to do what it takes to prosper, and you have all of the means by which to do so, your willingness (or lack thereof) will determine the outcome more often than not.

If I want a bag of Doritos, I can sit here all day long and think about it, dream about it, crave it, and complain because I don’t have it. That’s easy to do, and my comfort isn’t shaken one bit, even though I may be hungry. But if I don’t get off my duff and jump into a car, get into the store and purchase a bag of Doritos, I’ll just continue to sit around and want.

(Using Doritos as an example, because I know I have a full bag awaiting my completion of this devotional before tearing it open!)

Deadly desires come, when the desire of a slothful person, outweighs morals or laws. Eventually the desires become needs in the heart of certain types of people, no matter what it may be. Now, it becomes a situation where this false necessity becomes the mother of bad inventions.

It’s much easier to steal something when you feel that it’s owed to you, and you shouldn’t have to work for it anyways. They’ve got insurance to cover the loss, no harm done. Right? They can afford another one, and it won’t even be missed.

All types of bad decisions come by way of taking ideas that spawn from the devil’s playground. Deadly desires are as such, when we neither feel the need or have the integrity, to go through with work involved to achieve even the most simple of tasks, and devise “other” methods by which they can be acquired.

In short, don’t be as a slothful person, it could get you killed someday.


Related New Testament Scripture

Romans 12: King James Bible

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour 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.

Ephesians 2: King James Bible

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

James 4: King James Bible

4 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.



Thank you for the warnings that you’ve incorporated with your Word. Help us to not be slothful in our ways. Should there be any of this iniquity found in us, take it out by the roots, and replace it with diligence and integrity. At the same time, point us in the right direction, so that we are not feverishly working toward all of the wrong things. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.



Have you ever witnessed someone’s slotherly behavior begin to take on forms of deadly desires?

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