Proverbs 18: King James Bible
God the Foreman – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verse 9
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – God the Foreman
What does it mean for us to be slothful in our work? Does it mean someone who works real slow, or can’t work very well no matter what it is?
No. Being slothful begins in a mentality, that doesn’t allow someone to give anything their all. You can be slow at something, but are still being diligent, or are giving it your all.
If you’re not physically able to work very well, but you are giving it your all, then what more is there to do? That’s not being slothful at all. One way or the other, being slothful means a bit more than being lazy.
It’s a state of mind that continues to exasperate the person that should be working the best they can, yet are giving it anywhere from 15-35 percent. They don’t want to do it, so they move when they absolutely have to move, with their heart far from whatever task is at hand. Everything’s a hassle, and they’re typically “too good” to be doing whatever it is that they’re supposed to be doing.
I have seen this in action quite a bit in the work place over the years. And while I was a foreman, I had to deal with these types, and could never depend on them to do a task to the best of their ability. They would be too concerned about one thousand other things, instead of simply completing whatever they’re asked to do.
I can understand what the scripture is saying above, relating how someone slothful can be compared to a great waster, because of the time wasted all the way around. By now you may be wondering, so what? What’s that got to do with me?
Maybe nothing at all, until we bring it on home, and look at the Father as the ultimate foreman for a moment. When we see the Lord as boss, or should I say Boss, what kind of an employee would he find us to be?
Would he think of us as being diligent, timely, upright, and busy with what he wants us to do? Or would it be the other way around… Would he think of us as being slothful, a waster, a sluggard, undependable, a non finisher of tasks? That’s food for thought in my opinion.
We often see the Lord as a forgiving Father, and our loving Lord. But what if we do, think of the Lord in the terms I stated above, as a Foreman? Some of us may find that we can be diligent in many things, but as far as our walk with the Father is concerned, we’re slotherly.
I pray not, but if you’re honest with yourself after pondering these thoughts, and you find that this may be the case, work it out with the Father. Ask him how you can be more diligent as if under his employ, if that is what it takes to become more serious about the Father.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 25: King James Bible
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
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.
Thank you as always for your Word, and for all of the attention that you give us each and every day. Please quicken us always, and cause for us to always keep you in remembrance, as well as your Word, and to be as good a servant to you as is possible. All for your glory, and all in your service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever thought of God the Father as God the Foreman?
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