An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


(Proverbs 22:13 KJV)  The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

This is obviously an isolated verse.  It is pointing out how a “slothful man” (sluggard NASB) (6102) will do anything or say anything to avoid work.

I don’t consider myself a sluggard.  I get up and go to work every day.  At work I carry my weight.  I pick up my own sox and rinse my own dishes.  I show up early and don’t sneak off when no one is looking. 

At the same time, I don’t like yard work.  I don’t see the point of making a bed I am going to get back into.  I think it is a waste of time to fold underware, just throw them in the drawer.  I can go days before I wash the dishes that don’t go in the dish washer.  You see a pattern here.  I can live with that, even if my wife can’t.

What is painful about this verse is that it reminds me of my excuse making.  When I stop to look at them, some of my excuses are on the level of “There is a lion outside.”  When I was a kid there was a song on the radio about manana.  The key words were, “Manana is soon enough for me.”  For those of you who don’t remember AM radio, “manana” is Spanish for “tomorrow.”  Alistair Begg once said something to the effect that “today” is God’s favorite word and “tomorrow” is the devil’s favorite word.  This verse yells at me about this weakness in my life.

So?  I am going to keep reminding myself, “Do it now.”  If it turns out that there really is a lion in the street, then I am ready to go.  At least I won’t have to finish my list of chores.

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