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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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