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verses 30-34: “I passed by the field of the sluggard, And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense; And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles, Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down. When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction. “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest,” Then your poverty will come as a robber, And your want like an armed man.”

In the sci-fi classic The Thing from Another World, the head scientist of the polar expedition, Dr. Carrington, is pleading an argument with his fellow scientists and the military supply unit; they are beset by an alien from another world that has crashed nearby. The being feeds on blood, and has killed sled dogs and 2 of the scientific team. Carrington wants to save it, despite its aggressive murderous intentions. He argues, “think of what we can learn from it”. I think the classic reply came from the reporter, Ned Scott, who tagged along with the military, when he said, “what can we learn from that thing, except a quicker way to die?”

In reading the above passage from Proverbs 24…what can we learn from the sluggard?

God made us to work, to do. There is a satisfaction gained from work and labor, even more so when it’s done for our Lord. My father, who is the foreman of our Carpenters for Christ group, once mentioned in testimony of his ability to get up without an alarm clock and get to work, no matter how early it might be. “That doesn’t normally set well with most people”, he joked. “I figure, if we’re supposed to get 8 hours of sleep…well, that’s 1/3 of your life you slept away.” His point, of course, was, when there is work to be done, it’s best to get up and do it.

This is not to say rest isn’t important, or that leisure is to be totally done away with. It is good, all in its place and time. But when it is time to work, it’s best to put our hands to the plow, and get going. So, is there work you need to do for the Lord today?

Something to think about.

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verse 9: “He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.”

In the movie The Towering Inferno, there is a scene where the architect Doug Roberts (played by Paul Newman) is confronting the head electrical contractor Roger Simmons (played by Richard Chamberlain) over the use of electrical equipment that was less than what Roberts had ordered for the huge tower that was completed while he was away from the building site. Simmons counters that every piece was up to standard building code and was inspected. Roberts countered that the building, due to its size, demanded electrical infrastructure more than the code requirements…which is the reason he asked for more than standard. Later on in the story, it’s revealed that Simmons, who is also the son-in-law of the builder, Fred Duncan (played by William Holden), cut costs by installing less than what Roberts had asked for…all for the sake of helping Duncan come in under budget for the project. Those who have seen the movie know the tragic outcome of those decisions.

It is easy to see something coming that is bent on destroying, whether it be an animal attack or a mechanized military assault. What can be just as effective as a known attack is when a structure crumbles due to less than standard effort put into its construction. Solomon is cautioning here that if one is slack in their work, be they a farmer or a builder or a soldier, that their less-than-diligent commitment will do just as much harm as one who is bent on destruction. God calls us to excellence; this goes for our everyday jobs as well as our Kingdom work. Be sure to keep your “hands to the plow” as you do all in God’s name today.

Have a blessed day!

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