Laziness is not simply a bad habit. It is a sin that affects the whole of our personhood and needs to be ruthlessly rooted out. Alistair Begg describes the lifestyle and characteristics of the lazy person and warns against the slow, insidious nature of indolence. Too many excuses, refusals, and postponements, and an ordinary man can become a sluggard.
23These also are sayings of the wise.
Partiality in judging is not good.
24Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
25but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
and a good blessing will come upon them.
26Whoever gives an honest answer
kisses the lips.
27Prepare your work outside;
get everything ready for yourself in the field,
and after that build your house.
28Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause,
and do not deceive with your lips.
29Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;
I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
30I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
31and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
32Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
33A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
34and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
"My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God."
Derek Kidner, in his wonderful little commentary, says the book of Proverbs "performs the function of putting godliness into working clothes." In other words it’s not a very "churchy" kind of book. It addresses the issues of our lives. It is intensely practical, distinctly uncomfortable and immensely profitable.
In "Wise Words-– Finding Proverbs’ Hidden Treasures, " Alistair Begg looks at a number of the truths addressed by these Proverbial statements: laziness, friendship, jealousy, the use and abuse of words and language, the place of sex, the privileges of learning and the responsibilities and challenges of raising children. The text challenges us to examine whether our own behavior is marked by folly or wisdom. Are we pursuing a God-ordained, God-centered wisdom or are we plagued by the moral, spiritual folly of the proverbial fool?
This series of self-contained, topical studies will serve to remind us that the fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.
|Warning Against Adultery||Proverbs 5:1-23|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part One||Proverbs 22:6|
|Teach Your Children Well, Part Two||Proverbs 22:6|