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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spiritual Nomads

(Proverbs 24:34 KJV)  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

Sloth, which is the cause of what is happening in this verse, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.  The reason is it destroys lives.  Here it tells us that it causes “poverty” (7369).  I know that is not popular and it certainly is not politically correct.  Yes, oppression, prejudice and greed cause people to be in want, but in our country the biggest cause of poverty is sloth.

Poverty sneaks up on you.  It will “come” (935) as “one that traveleth" (robber NASB) (1980).  Again we see that the KJV gets closer to the literal meaning.  In the NASB we need to go to the marginal reading which says “robber” means “vagabond or literally one who walks.”  Sounds like a sneak to me.  In the days of Solomon it would reminded people of the desert nomads who did not have any permanent roots.  Today we might think of the homeless. 

Sloth degrades.  Sloth robs.  Sloth destroys.

So?  Rejoice that someone taught you it was important to get up and go to work.  We enjoy our weekends and holidays, true, but what gives those times the joy is the work that brackets them.  Don’t let leisure and short cuts rob you of your joy and purpose. 


Gorges Smythe said...

That's one reason that farmers had to convert to the big round bales. You couldn't hire anyone to help toss bales in the hayfields anymore. They'd rather mooch off the government or their friends and relatives.

Pumice said...

They don't seem to realize that someday there will be no one left to mooch off of.

Grace and peace.