Proverbs 12:27 — Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find (NLT).
God rewards and gives rest to those who work hard, but He does not reward laziness. You’d be surprised how many lazy people there are in the body of Christ (or maybe you wouldn’t be). Many people have their own definition of laziness and their own way of identifying lazy people, but I want to talk about the lazy people mentioned in the above verse.
Most people typically label a person who doesn’t do much of anything as being lazy. While this is true, laziness is not limited to this definition alone. Proverbs 12:27 teaches that lazy people will hunt and catch a wild animal, but they won’t cook it. They will actually put forth the effort to trap an animal, but they don’t take the steps necessary to eat it.
Lazy people are often starters, but they’re rarely finishers. Think about it. Many people are excited at the onset of certain projects. The thrill of a new challenge is intriguing, and they begin the process eager to reach the finish line. They have the greatest of intentions, and they may even meet some of their goals, but they always stop short of the end.
Proverbs 10:4 says, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (NIV). The Bible teaches laziness will make us poor. If you’re lazy, you’ll always have need of something, and what you do have will never be fully utilized. Nobody truly desires to constantly come up short of his or her potential.
The opposite of laziness is diligence. Diligence brings wealth, and the diligent make use of everything they have. They take nothing for granted, and they finish what they start. Proverbs 21:5 reveals that diligence leads to profit. If you are an unmotivated person, the only way to overcome your laziness is to become diligent in everything. Be a finisher!
Proverbs 26:15 — The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth (NIV).
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