The lazy one [manufactures excuses and] says, “There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the streets [if I go out to work]!
In the book of Proverbs, we find many scriptures that talk about the negative results of laziness. These verses all say one thing; "it would ultimately lead to lack, and the wise abhors laziness.
For yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down and sleep— So will your poverty come like a robber or one who travels [with slowly but surely approaching steps] and your want like an armed man [making you helpless]
Proverbs 6: 10 & 11 AMP
For He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame Proverbs 10: 5
We are the offspring of the Only Wise God and partakers of the Godkind and as such are wise by heritage. Therefore, we cannot be lazy, and we do not manifest the traits peculiar to the lazy.
One trait of laziness is making and giving excuses. As new creatures, we must live with the understanding that there is no justifiable excuse for not doing what we ought to do. Rather than create excuses, we should think of a way around the situation. We must not be like the lazy (who is self-indulgent and relies on lame excuses) that says, “There is a lion in the road!".
In this era, no-one can give the ‘lion in the street’ excuse, but men seem to invent new excuses daily. As new creatures, we must not join them. We have a job to do, and we must go the extra mile to get the work done.
Once Jesus asked a man to follow Him as a disciple, and the man requested that he be permitted to bury his dad first. Despite how genuine and reasonable this request was, Jesus was not pleased. He saw it as an excuse. Anything that is a reason not to do the commanded (no matter how real or genuine they may be) is an excuse.
We have no excuse no to get our work done. With meticulous planning, we can anticipate and mitigate any challenges in the execution of our tasks. If we are meet an unforeseen problem, we have the wisdom to think of a solution or work around it. If we run into challenges, we are not to fold our arms, use the challenges as an excuse not to work and hope things would magically sort out themselves. We must come up with a plan to solve the problem and execute them as soon as possible.
Never forget, if the Father has given us any task at any point, it is because He knows we have all the resources we need to get the job done at that point.
Proverbs 26: 13 & 14 The lazy person [who is self-indulgent and relies on lame excuses] says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square [and if I go outside to work I will be killed]!” As the door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy person on his bed [never getting out of it].
Philippians 4: 13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]