Hi and good morning
A book in the Old Testament called Ecclesiastes has this phrase in chapter 4 and verse 5 “The fool holds his hands and consumes his own flesh”
In Chapter 4:verses 4-8 we read a record of Solomon’s analysis of four types of workers. The first he simply labels the “skilful” worker. We might better call this person a skilful workaholic.
The second worker, described in verse 5, is at the other end of the work spectrum: He is the lazybones. As the book of Proverbs shows, Solomon who is recognised as one of the wisest men to ever live, has no sympathy for the lazy person.
As he describes it, laziness is a slow, comfortable path to self-destruction. How does this apply to our relationship with God? Laziness toward the things of God will kill us through slow, spiritual suicide! It may be comfortable to “sleep in” or to justify not doing spiritual works, but what laziness produces is not pleasant to experience.
Solomon paints a picture of complacency, and its end is unwitting self-destruction. It reveals much deeper damage than simply wasting a person’s material resources, for his idleness is eating away not only at what he has, but more importantly, at what he is. It erodes his self-control and grasp of reality.
Therefore, we must discipline ourselves to work through Bible study and obedience to build our relationship with God. What are we truly losing when we neglect this? What does it take to live comfortably? In this culture, it is money. But laziness produces poverty—that is its fruit whether it concerns material or spiritual things. Paul writes, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Spiritually, then, can we take that to mean that he will not eat at God’s table?
Comparing the first two men, Solomon shows the industrious man motivated by competition, while the lazy man is motivated by his desire for personal pleasure. In the end, both extremes are destructive .
So may I encourage anyone who professes to follow Christ to consider our daily discipline; after all it is all too easy to complain that our faith is not the rock it needs to be or is not relevant to our daily work when we don’t follow the principles given to us by God to develop it.
Have a great week everyone.