I have always believed the passage in Hebrews that speaks of the power of God’s word:
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (4:12)
This verse has always sat in my mind, and I constantly come to it when I need a reminder of the power of the Word of God, but just recently, it hit me especially hard.
For the past 8 1/2 months, I have been unemployed. And, other than my school work and the occasional application being sent out, I have been quite lazy. Scripture has a word for someone like me: a sluggard. The NLT translates it as “lazybones”.
And how true it has been for me.
As part of my daily devotionals, I read through the Psalms and Proverbs. This is a practice that has been borrowed by many great theologians and speakers including Billy Graham, who claims that reading through the Psalms and Proverbs have taught him how to interact with God and how to interact with man.
While reading recently, Solomon had some poignant advice that I’ve probably read dozens of times in the past few months, but it never really sunk in until now.
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones! Learn their ways and become wise! Thought they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like and armed robber.” (Proverbs 6:6-11)
Elsewhere, Solomon speaks of coming upon the vineyard of a lazy person and seeing it covered in weeds and the wall in extreme disrepair. There was no fruit. There was no produce, because the lazy person did nothing with his land. And Solomon walked away with the same lesson:
“A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like and armed robber.” (24:33-34)
Both of these passages hit home for me in my current state.
You see, I want something to happen in my life. I want things to change, to get better, but they never do, and I always knew the answer, and God’s Word has confirmed it: I’m lazy.
You see, I have all the necessary tools in front of me every day: my books, my computer, everything I need to write my posts or write my book (yes, there is a book coming!). I have everything I need, and yet I don’t use it.
No wonder my own personal vineyard is falling apart.
What about you? Have you been reading God’s Word and you keep coming across the same passage in your devotionals or a certain verse or scenario comes to your mind?
My advice to you:
Pray about it. Ask God to reveal to you the reason behind this constant reminder. Analyze the verse and ask God where in your life this verse or passage or idea needs to be applied. Then, apply it.