SOUGHTOUT EMEKA MATTHEW
WHO A SLUGGARD IS
Hebrew word for sluggard is ‛âtsêl or aw-tsale meaning indolent, lazy or slothful.of the reasons why people are poor every where in the world.
Pro 13:4 No matter how much you want, laziness won’t help a bit, but hard work will reward you with more than enough.
HAVING MORE THAN ENOUGH, GOD’S WILL FOR US
God’s desire is for us to have and have things of life more than enough; but Satan through laziness deprives us from enjoying the life that is full and good and also hinders us from possessing our possessions on the earth.
Joh 10:10 A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came to give life–life that is full and good.
Jdg_18:9 And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land. KJV
One thing I hate most in this life is poverty. It pains me a lot seeing people being afflicted by poverty. The essence for writing this article is to help people discover that one of the causes of poverty in their lives is laziness and for them to see reasons why sluggards are poor so they could break-free from it and enjoy the life that is full and good God desire for them.
FIVE COMMON REASONS WHY SLUGGARDS ARE POOR
These reasons are:
- THEY DON’T LEARN TO DO WHAT OTHERS DOES TO BE PROSPEROUS
We don’t learn by only going to school. We can learn by other ways. The proverbs writer revealed that one of the ways to learn is by watching. The sluggards were enjoined to watch an anthill and by doing that they will learn from her ways and therefore break-free from poverty.
Pro 6:6 You lazy people can learn by watching an anthill.
- THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON MOTIVATORS
Harvest season is the season of working to take in proceeds or profits from your venture.
Every business has the season of sowing and season of harvest. All these seasons never promised a work-free moment. You’ve got to work to make the most of all the seasons.
Ants don’t need guide, boss or motivators to work. What motivates them is the better life they want to enjoy in the future, I mean in the time when they don’t need to work for food.
Pro 6:7-8 Ants don’t have leaders, but they store up food during harvest season.
Pro 6:8 But in the summer, ants gather all of their food and save it. So when winter comes, there is plenty to eat. ERV
When you are too lazy to plant in sowing season, you will beg and have nothing in the time of harvest.
Pro 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND TIME
One thing about understanding time is that it enables you to know what to do at any giving time.
Priorities are misplaced when time is not understood. Time is wasted and is never redeemed when seasons are not understood.
Pro 6:8 but they store up food during harvest season.
- THEY ARE INSEPARABLE FROM THEIR BEDS
The greatest enemy that sluggards have which they never know is the bed in their homes. One thing is not about lying on the bed; but lazy folks do nothing at all on the bed except sleeping on.
Pro 6:9 How long will you lie there doing nothing at all? When are you going to get up and stop sleeping?
When we keep sleeping, time skips away. The future keeps fading away. What we have are consumed and since nothing replaces it, one comes to want.
One of the keys to poverty is sleep. The Bible revealed:
Pro 6:10-11 Sleep a little. Doze a little… Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber.
- DOING NOTHING AT ALL
One of the keys to poverty is doing nothing at all. When we fail to work, prosperity becomes far from fetching. But when we work hard, prosperity answers to us.
Pro 6:10-11 … Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs. Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber.
Work will determine your worth; but laziness will make you worthless. Hard work improves your worth, while laziness to work makes you more worthless.
Pro 10:5 A son who works hard while it is harvest time will be successful, but one who sleeps through the harvest is worthless.
Hard work will make you successful while laziness will make you encounter hard life.
Finally, God sees laziness as wickedness. This is because; ones laziness does just affect him, it also has bad effects on others or on an establishment or on an employer. If we fail to repent from it, great punishment awaits us.
Mat 25:24-30 “Then the servant who got one bag of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, I knew you were a very hard man. You harvest what you did not plant. You gather crops where you did not put any seed. So I was afraid. I went and hid your money in the ground. Here is the one bag of money you gave me.’ “The master answered, ‘You are a bad and lazy servant! You say you knew that I harvest what I did not plant and that I gather crops where I did not put any seed. So you should have put my money in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would get my money back. And I would also get the interest that my money earned.’ “So the master told his other servants, ‘Take the one bag of money from that servant and give it to the servant who has ten bags. Everyone who uses what they have will get more. They will have much more than they need. But people who do not use what they have will have everything taken away from them.’ Then the master said, ‘Throw that useless servant outside into the darkness, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.’
You cannot change from being lazy when you are having laziness mindset. Let’s stop renew our mindset and then our lifestyle will change.
Isa 55:6-7 So you should look for the LORD before it is too late. You should call to him now, while he is near. Evil people should stop living evil lives. They should stop thinking bad thoughts. They should come to the LORD again, and he will comfort them. They should come to our God because he will freely forgive them.
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