Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Inspect That Insect

March 26

  “The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."  Proverbs 26:13


"Shame on us for lyin' bout that lion!"






We read these words with tongue in cheek, but Solomon intended them to be convicting, not humorous.  They are illustrative, are they not, of the degree a person will go to in an effort to skirt responsibility?  In my two plus decades of serving the LORD, I could fill a small notebook with excuses which make Proverbs 26:13 sound sensible, some of others, and a few of my own.  Shame on us for lyin' bout that lion!  Instead of feigning some imaginary beast, let's inspect an insect for some help in overcoming laziness in our Christian lives.  Consider this Simple Ant-i-tude Test (SAT) found in Proverbs 6 to determine your sloth factor. 

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:"

1) "Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, ..."  T or  F: You are prompt to work for work's sake ... you do not tax Human Resources to keep you moving.  "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute."

2) "Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."  T or  F:  You are punctual about your work ... it does not lie wasted and rotting.  "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing."

3) "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: ..."  T or  F: You prioritize work over sleep ... you will forego it if work demands?
"Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger."

Christian education requires an 80% to pass, how did you do?

In Christian service, CHRIST demands a living sacrifice; and would have us prompt, punctual, and prioritized ... are you: "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the LORD"

For Love of Country
Congress of the United States (August 4, 1789)
(Article III, Northwest Ordinance)
"Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."

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