Bread – Lazy

February 26, 2014


Readings for Wednesday, February 26, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Prov. 6:1-19; 1 Jn. 5:1-12; John 11:45-54; Psalms 119:145-176,128,129,130

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Everyone has favorite verses from the Bible. One of mine is today’s reading from Proverbs:

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, and little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” Prov. 6:6-11

To paraphrase, “Get up and get out of bed! Stop being lazy! Stop waiting on someone else to tell you what to do! Work! Or you will regret it.”

I have called this Bread “Lazy” because that is what a sluggard is. He or she sits around, contemplating their life, rather than getting up and living life. They let things happen to them rather than cause things to happen.

One would think that the world would encourage work and diligence, like the ant, but I actually think it rewards laziness.

Think about it, we have comfortable beds, fluffy pillows, warm blankets, and cuddly sheets, all to keep us in bed as long as possible. We have televisions to passively feed minds which are doing little except wondering where the chips are. We have elevators to carry us up against gravity with little effort except finding the right button to push. We have escalators which take us to stores where we can find a variety of gadgets designed to “simplify” our lives and make them easier. There is talk of going to a shorter workweek, and who would not want a weekly dose of three-day weekends? We now can be fulfilled on public welfare, food stamps, government telephones, and “free” healthcare to further enable our indulgent lives. And we have robots coming down the line and 3-D printers, which we will one day be able to command to fix us dinner or fix our broken toy. We already have cars which judge the distance between you and the next car and stop the car for you; soon we will have cars that drive themselves. These cars will likely even have automatic connect chargers in your garage so that you won’t have to get out of the car in bad weather to manhandle uncooperative gasoline pumps. Literally, we are driving ourselves toward a place and time where we will never have to “lift a finger.”

But is any of this healthy?

God says “No.” A little sleep, a little slumber, a folding of the hands, and poverty will overtake us.

I think there is a reason that God says “No” to laziness and, although it may be because we are instructed to be stewards of our gifts, I think it is something else. I think the reason that God says “No” is and it because we cannot worship Him lazily and we cannot love our neighbors lazily. Worship of God requires an active mind studying His Word, an active soul communicating with Him, and an active body on our knees, singing, speaking the truth in love, listening to Him, and taking His communion meal. Love of our neighbors means actually talking to our neighbors, listening to them, going out of our way to do things for them.

We must be active to obey the commands of Christ. Period.

Are you feeling lazy today? Are you being passive today? This is Satan urging you to sleep, to slumber, to folding of the hands, to passivity, to loss, to poverty.

God speaks to us to consider the ant. We should, but only after considering Him. Given what He has done for us on the cross, do we really want to respond to Him by being lazy?

I doubt it. So, go do something about it.

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© 2014 GBF

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