Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Slothful Man – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 13
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Slothful Man
The verse above along with a handful of following verses, contend with the slothful. When you read this verse, what is the first think that comes into your mind?
For me, I wind up with a bunch of questions, first of which being, “So what?” To answer that question We need to take a look at who we’re talking about. The slothful man.
Someone like this may just never step foot outside until someone else comes along and deals with that lion. Bear in mind, that we’re not talking about a time or a place where he could pick up the phone and call in the professionals.
If the slothful man knows there’s a lion out there, and doesn’t intend to lift a finger about it, what kind of position does that leave anyone else in? There’s a selfish side to the slothful man’s actions or lack thereof.
That’s if there is even a lion out there in the first place. A slothful man may make stuff up in order to remove himself from tasks needing to be done. If there is something that the slothful man needs to do, but doesn’t feel like doing it, lies are no problem at all.
Immediately I think of people who call in sick to work because they don’t feel like showing up. Or a kid faking ill to get out of going to school. Both of these are under the umbrella of slothful behavior.
Remember, a slothful person is the antithesis of being diligent among other things. There is a reason that the Lord continuously hammers on slothful behavior throughout the Word, and that’s because this state of mind turns into a state of being.
If you really want to understand how a slothful guy would deal with a lion in the streets, just think of all the different things that a diligent or brave person would never do. With that in mind, the verse above starts to take shape.
A slothful man removes himself from things that require effort or strain in order to accomplish. Because of this, people with that behavior (or spiritual condition) wind up getting themselves over their head in troubles.
Things that go undone will remain undone, until it’s too late to do it. Things that need fixing will remain broken and continuously get worse. And a lion out in the streets left alone may eventually turn into two, then three, then a new den for the pride to dwell in.
I believe that we can take this example, and use it toward spiritual kinds of things. Being spiritually slothful is just as bad if not worse. Talk about ignoring the lion out in the streets…
What if one was prowling around you all the time, looking for a way to devour you? Perhaps that idea may help us to open our eyes to something that the Lord may be trying to show us from a spiritual standpoint.
Do we hold still or behave like the slothful man when evil is concerned? Do we cower in the face of it, leave it alone, ignore it and hope someone else deals with it? Don’t get me wrong, we should all be leaning on the Lord’s strength for everything, especially when confronted by evil.
But some of the toughest spiritual battles over the souls of man, are due to slotherly spiritual behavior. We know that if we resist the devil, he’ll flee, right? Isn’t that what the Word of God says? There’s no showing your hind quarters when resisting; resist doesn’t mean go hide, nor does it mean do nothing because it isn’t convenient.
What we can see with those who may be spiritually slothful, is like someone who leaves their doors and windows open in the middle of a frigid winter, and wished that it would get warmer in the house. No matter how hard they wish, nothing happens.
But all they really need to do is get up and close the windows and doors, and it would be much better. But even then, there’s the work necessary to remove the cold from the house, and fill it with warmth.
The Lord helps us with everything that we can’t do, and wants us to remain diligent to do the things that we can and should do. This applies to our spiritual lives as well as the physical.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 25: King James Bible
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
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.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Thank you for this verse, and for opening our eyes to your truth. Help us to not adhere to the behaviors of the slothful man, but rather adhere to the behaviors of your Holy Spirit, and those of the Lord Jesus. Your ways are without fear, without foolishness, and without waste. Help us to be diligent toward the things that require our attention to the best of our ability, and please lend us a hand concerning the things beyond our ability. There’s nothing impossible for you Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever felt the pains of having to deal with a slothful man?
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 334 – Slain in the Streets