Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Feed Yourself – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 24
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
There are some people out there, that just can’t seem to get the wherewithal to help themselves. I believe that this verse is talking about that type of person.
But with the majority of these verses, there is a physical and also a spiritual significance that we should be taking a look at. When we do that, it opens up a whole new understanding as to why the Lord sees fit to place such verses in here for us.
On the surface, we can picture a person being too lazy to feed themselves. Seems simple enough, and to be honest with all of you, as lazy as I can be, I’ve never been too lazy to eat. Stuffing my face is an area in my life where zeal to do so is no issue.
That said, I can’t relate to that verse very well. But when I take a second look at it through spiritual eyes, and things of the spirit in mind, I can immediately relate to this verse.
As we should know, man doesn’t live by bread alone (that takes the sluggard and the food issue into account), but by every word of the Lord. The Lord often compares the nourishment that we can get from his Word, with food. We went through that in earlier chapters of Proverbs in these devotionals.
Well then, between the spirit and the flesh, who gets fed the most? Which of the two is healthier in the eyes of the Lord?
The flesh insists to eat, and some of us have a tough time handling the body’s craving for food. When we get hungry, all kinds of things happen in the flesh, that drives us to our pantry’s, cupboards, and refrigerators.
But when the spirit is hungry, it doesn’t complain, and doesn’t respond as the flesh would. It just goes hungry, and when left without a fresh meal of the Word of God, begins to grow weak in many areas. A weakened spirit may be easier to wound, and as the Word says, “a wounded spirit, who can bear?”
Christians should be strong in spirit period, feasting on the Word of God, if for no other reason, to get to know the Father. Aside from that huge reason, we’re at war! What in the world will a weak spirit stand against in this spiritual war that we’re stuck in the middle of?
With all of the falsehoods that are professed these days, all of the false religions out there that have a Christlike appearance, but are inwardly twisted, it is a dangerous thing for Christians not to be well versed with the Word of God. There are many roads that the enemy has placed that appear to run alongside the one the Father wants us to traverse down, but in reality has one degree of separation.
It is our own responsibility to keep our spirits strong and healthy with a steady diet of the Word of God. When we are faced with a spiritual issue, we shouldn’t be caught off guard due to being a spiritual sluggard, slothfully unwilling to raise our hand to our mouths when we could have.
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.
Matthew 24: King James Bible
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
John 1: King James Bible
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 6: King James Bible
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
John 8: King James Bible
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
John 14: King James Bible
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 15: King James Bible
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Thank you for your wisdom, and for your Word. Please forgive us Lord, when we don’t stick to it as you’d like, and forgive us also Lord, if ever there are times where we neglect your word. Help us to always consume your Word, and should we become a sluggard as the verse above denotes concerning spiritual matters, shake us out of it Father, and lead us to be strong in spirit. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you forget to feed yourself?