(Proverbs 26:15 KJV) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
I wonder why Solomon chose this word picture. I would think anyone who stops when he “hideth” (buries NASB) (2934) his hand in the salsa would never get invited to dinner again. Like many word pictures it is probably meant to be applied figuratively.
Some people never finish what they start. I find it much more exciting to start a new project than to discipline myself to finish it. In writing for my other blog I have pages of ideas I have started and not finished. Maybe this is a reminder to fish or cut bait, whatever that means. When I start to clean up my desk I am tempted to leave the final parts for another day. It is easy to be distracted.
Some people expect others to do “it” for them. It is not a matter of losing focus. It is an expectation that others should do it for you. This could be from the child who will not pick up his toys to the adult who leaves dirty sox where they fall.
So? Being lazy does not bring a smile to God’s face. He does not say, “Boys will be boys”. He says, “Get your hand out of the salsa before you lose it.” I am sure I have some applications of this today.