I walked by the field of a lazy person,
the vineyard of one with no common sense.
31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
It was covered with weeds,
and its walls were broken down.
32 Then, as I looked and thought about it,
I learned this lesson:
33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
(Proverbs 24:30-34 NLT)
Part of this proverb you probably heard as a child—but it reminds us of an essential life lesson for today. This remarkable personal teaching is like parable. It describes the hazards laziness can yield in life. Don’t be lazy.
A man observed a field which had good soil but no viable crop. Unlike others all around, it produced only nettles and weeds. If this field had any fruit, ravaging animals would take it, because it had no wall or fence around it.
This man meditated on what he saw and realized the meaning of living this insidious lifestyle. It was not only a censure against the owner, but a life lesson for himself.
Think of it this way:
- Our souls are like the fields and vineyards which need care and husbandry
- Our pride, lust, and even passions can become stinging nettles and weeds
- Broken down walls provide no protection against the enemy
What a disastrous thing laziness can be. It injures our family, diminishes our livelihood/gainful employment, voids our personal drive to do good, and makes us look foolish. Don’t be lazy.
Prayer: Father, thank you. This vivid reminder helps me see your better way for my walk with you.