18th, December 2016
Numbers 22: 13 AMP
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. The summary of these verses is that laziness would ultimately lead to lack; 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); and that the wise are not lazy (and they abhor laziness); 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 design/heritage. This therefore means that we cannot be lazy and we do not manifest the traits peculiar to the lazy.
Now, our passage of focus shows that making and giving of excuses is the trait of the lazy and as such not a trait of the wise. 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 make up 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 endlessly invent new excuses with each passing day and as new creatures we must join them. We have been given 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 go bury his dad first. Despite how genuine and reasonable this request was, Jesus wasn’t moved. Anything that is a reason not to do the commanded (no matter how real or genuine they may be) is an excuse and far as the case of the said young man goes, he was only making excuses. We have no excuse not to get our work done. With meticulous planning, we can anticipate and mitigate any challenges in the execution of our tasks and if we are to meet an unforeseen challenge we have the wisdom to think of a solution or work around it and still get the work done. 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.
I am an offspring of the Only Wise God and partakers of the Godkind and as such I am wise by design. I am not lazy. I do not give or make excuses. I value my job and I go the extra mile to get my job done. I am out to make a difference and nothing can stop me. Glory to God!!
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.]
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68