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I wonder how much our culture values work today? It seems like work good old fashioned hard work is something most people don't appreciate am i right?

we seem to prefer the comfort of our home over the value of work.
but tonight we are going to look at several passages that teach us about work and how we should think about it.

Proverbs

(ESV)
1.How We Handle Money
6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
have given your pledge for a stranger,
2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,

What is “putting up security” or “giving your pledge” for someone else? It is cosigning a loan. It is putting yourself up as collateral. It is underwriting someone else’s speculative risk. It is getting into a partnership when your partner’s default can bring you down. God is saying in verses 1 and 2, “If you’ve done this, you’re not in danger of becoming ensnared, you’re already ensnared.”

3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,
3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
4 Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.

What is a sluggard? Think of the way syrup oozes slowly out of a bottle when it is cold. That is the sluggard—sluggish and slow and hesitant when he should be decisive, active, forthright. His life motto is, “Don’t rush me.” The Bible says, “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed” (Proverbs 26:14). He is lazy, constantly making the soft choice, losing one opportunity after another after another after another, day by day, moment by moment, until he lies there helpless in his wasted life. Let’s all admit it—there is a sluggard deep inside each of us.

The sluggard reappears throughout the book of Proverbs.6 What does Proverbs say about the sluggard? Three things. First, the sluggard will not make up his mind. There is a direct question in verse 9: “How long will you lie there? When will you arise from your sleep?” But that is too definite for the sluggard. He has no answer. He will not give an honest refusal, but he deceives himself by an endless sequence of little compromises.

Second, the sluggard will not finish things. On the rare occasions when he finds the motivation to get going, it is too much for him, and the impulse dies: “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth” (Proverbs 26:15). He does not stick with a task all the way through to a strong finish. He is a shallow person.

Third, the sluggard will not face things as they are. Rather than embrace the challenge of life, he dreams up excuses: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’ ” (Proverbs 22:13). A lion down on Main Street? I doubt it. What’s really out there is a life, a job, a mission to fulfill for Christ.

What should the sluggard do? Go to the ant and take notes. How humiliating! The sluggard would not mind learning from John Calvin, maybe. The sluggard likes to debate and speculate and bandy highfalutin ideas around with his buddies. But wisdom is saying, “Go watch an ant!” I do not know anyone with a PhD in Antology. We all want to study big important things. And it is doubly humbling to go to ant school, because the Hebrew word for “ant” is in the feminine gender. But we guys need this, because we are too often passive. We are so accustomed to being wait-and-see, hang-back, and critical and guarded that we do not even feel the shame of it anymore. A church filled with men energized, men working, men engaged, men with intensity, men of conviction and action—that is exactly what the world needs to see in us today. But to display Christ that strongly, we need to humble ourselves and admit our need and accept God’s simple remedy. It is so humbling that we, whom God created to rule over creation, need to go learn how to live from an ant. What then can we learn from an ant? Three things.

officer, or ruler,

First, inner motivation. Verse 7: “Without having any chief, officer, or ruler …” There is no Boss Ant standing over the others with a whip. Ants do not report in to anybody. No one has ever seen a foot-dragging ant. An ant has within herself all the motivation she needs to make something of her life, and she never lets up.

First, inner motivation. Verse 7: “Without having any chief, officer, or ruler …” There is no Boss Ant standing over the others with a whip. Ants do not report in to anybody. No one has ever seen a foot-dragging ant. An ant has within herself all the motivation she needs to make something of her life, and she never lets up.

Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom that Works Opportunity
First, inner motivation. Verse 7: “Without having any chief, officer, or ruler …” There is no Boss Ant standing over the others with a whip. Ants do not report in to anybody. No one has ever seen a foot-dragging ant. An ant has within herself all the motivation she needs to make something of her life, and she never lets up.
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
Second, hard work. Verse 8: “She prepares her bread in summer.” Under that hot sun she scurries about and gets the job done. You are at a Fourth of July picnic, you are relaxing, but the ants are carrying off the sugar one grain at a time, and they will be back for the Fritos. I do not know if ants sweat, but if they do they do not care. They do not complain. They do not even wait. They are not above hard work and in fact seem to love it!
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom That Works, ed. R. Kent Hughes (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 101.
Third, future preparation. Verse 8: “… and gathers her food in harvest.” The ant works today for tomorrow. She is not hoping life will go her way. She gets out ahead of the next season of life. Here is why that matters to you. There is a winter blast coming your way. I do not know when, I do not know how. And you do not need to go looking for it; it will come find you. But the winter of your discontent is coming. Are you getting ready, right now in this day of harvest? Are you stocking up on God’s Word? Are you exploiting today as an opportunity from God to become wisely prepared for tomorrow? One year from today, are you going to be a more fruitful man of God? Well, how is that going to happen? What is your growth plan?
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom That Works, ed. R. Kent Hughes (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 101.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
Second, the sluggard will not finish things. On the rare occasions when he finds the motivation to get going, it is too much for him, and the impulse dies: “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth” (). He does not stick with a task all the way through to a strong finish. He is a shallow person.
Third, the sluggard will not face things as they are. Rather than embrace the challenge of life, he dreams up excuses: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’ ” (). A lion down on Main Street? I doubt it. What’s really out there is a life, a job, a mission to fulfill for Christ.
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom that Works Opportunity
What should the sluggard do? Go to the ant and take notes. How humiliating! The sluggard would not mind learning from John Calvin, maybe. The sluggard likes to debate and speculate and bandy highfalutin ideas around with his buddies. But wisdom is saying, “Go watch an ant!” I do not know anyone with a PhD in Antology. We all want to study big important things.
This is foolish though:
In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
We are so accustomed to being wait-and-see, hang-back, and critical and guarded that we do not even feel the shame of it anymore. A church filled with men energized, men working, men engaged, men with intensity, men of conviction and action—that is exactly what the world needs to see in us today. But to display Christ that strongly, we need to humble ourselves and admit our need and accept God’s simple remedy. It is so humbling that we, whom God created to rule over creation, need to go learn how to live from an ant. What then can we learn from an ant? Three things.
Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom that Works Opportunity
First, inner motivation. Verse 7: “Without having any chief, officer, or ruler …” There is no Boss Ant standing over the others with a whip. Ants do not report in to anybody. No one has ever seen a foot-dragging ant. An ant has within herself all the motivation she needs to make something of her life, and she never lets up.
A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Think about the term self starter. Who wants an employee you have to constantly stand over and say now Johnny didn’t i tell you that yo uneed to stay busy?
Didn’t i tell you to take out the trash or go do that job over there.
like if you have to tell them every little thing they are supposed to do how much help are they?
But it’s not just staying busy it’s staying after things that matter...
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
And again...
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
So imagine the farmer that hasnt done anything to grow his crop all year long but come harvest season he wants some food. and you say why didn’t you work your land?
and he says well i was too busy trimming my rose bushes and baking pies.
The same thing for us. If you hire a guy to mow your yard but instead he wants to rearrange your pantry, it looks great in the pantry but your yard looks like a jungle.
Like my yard needs mowing somthing fierce right now. but if go home and spend all night rearranging my tools what good have i done?
Proverbs is teaching us here about being able to prioritize that which matters vs. that which does not.
This is super practical and something it seems my generation has a hard time really getting our minds around. look mom i made level 1000 on my video game but room is still a mess oh good job honey.
The same is true for us spiritually though. Remember Jesus says to seek ye first the what?
someone help me out here?
what are we supposed to seek first?
that’s right and then all these other things will be added to you.
the problem is when we do not first seek the things of God but the things of this world…worthless pursuits…look God i haven’t done much for you this week but i put 80 hours in at my job or caught the biggest fish ever or golfed the perfect game or well you name it.
And the same is true for us as a church. we have to focus in on the pursuits that help us best reflect the glory of God and his mission first and then do the other stuff as we have time.
prioity is every bit as important as activity.
Priority Plus Energy Equals Success
I mean i don’t know about ya’ll but i’ve spent my fair share of wasted time on projects that didn’t work out because i was doing them wrong.
You can spend 80 hours a week working but if you don’t ever actually accomplish anything what does it matter?
You can have really pretty rose bushes and still starve if you are a farmer...

The gospel shows us such glory in God, and in ourselves because of Christ, that gospel-people become accomplishment-hungry. A Christian family should be like an anthill, everyone busily accomplishing something. A healthy church is like an anthill, everybody actively achieving together. Wise people love goals and strategies to leverage their present into a better future. Sluggards are like Charles Dickens’s Mr. Micawber, “waiting for something to turn up.” It won’t.

The sluggard procrastinates. He treats each precious moment of God-given life as no big deal. He is not astounded that the grace of God is giving him one more moment to live for Christ. What is the sluggard thinking? Verse 10: “ ‘A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.’ ” Just a little more, always just a little more. But “a little” is not a little. Verse 11 foresees the eventual cascade of consequences crashing into his life with inescapable force. There he is, a tragic buffoon, helpless and worthless. In his book Lord, Make My Life a Miracle, my dad concludes this way:

Your danger and mine is not that we become criminals, but rather that we become respectable, decent, commonplace, mediocre Christians. The twentieth-century temptations that really sap our spiritual power are the television, banana cream pie, the easy chair, and the credit card. The Christian wins or loses in those seemingly innocent little moments of decision. Lord, make my life a miracle!8

Maybe some of us have been settling for “a little,” and not even noticing it. If so, how long will you lie there? When will you arise from your sleep and accomplish something great for Christ? Stop telling yourself you are a loser. Stop telling yourself your dad let you down. Stop making excuses. God has given you Christ, his very best. What are you going to do with your huge advantage, Jesus Christ?

As we get traction in this new way, we can expect counterattack. One of the devil’s favorite strategies is to disrupt church unity:

NO we need to be focused on what matters and be diligent about it.
The gospel of Christ ought to sling us forward to get busy for his glory.
officer, or ruler,
Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom that Works Opportunity
First, inner motivation. Verse 7: “Without having any chief, officer, or ruler …” There is no Boss Ant standing over the others with a whip. Ants do not report in to anybody. No one has ever seen a foot-dragging ant. An ant has within herself all the motivation she needs to make something of her life, and she never lets up.
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
Second, hard work. Verse 8: “She prepares her bread in summer.” Under that hot sun she scurries about and gets the job done. You are at a Fourth of July picnic, you are relaxing, but the ants are carrying off the sugar one grain at a time, and they will be back for the Fritos. I do not know if ants sweat, but if they do they do not care. They do not complain. They do not even wait. They are not above hard work and in fact seem to love it!
Hard work is good for us whether we no it or not. I know i have already made this mistake with my kids. I’m trying to correct it little by little. Like making them help me with mowing the yard and doing dishes and taking out the trash stuff like that.
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Preaching the Word: Proverbs—Wisdom That Works, ed. R. Kent Hughes (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 101.
So that they don’t go the way of the sluggard.
Whoever is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
Third, future preparation. Verse 8: “… and gathers her food in harvest.” The ant works today for tomorrow. She is not hoping life will go her way. She gets out ahead of the next season of life.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Here is why that matters to you. There is a winter blast coming your way. I do not know when, I do not know how. And you do not need to go looking for it; it will come find you. But the winter of your discontent is coming. Are you getting ready, right now in this day of harvest? Are you stocking up on God’s Word? Are you exploiting today as an opportunity from God to become wisely prepared for tomorrow? One year from today, are you going to be a more fruitful man of God? Well, how is that going to happen? What is your growth plan?
Working ahead is always a good thing. You can always tell when we have not planned ahead because we are behind. Right? I mean the person running around last minute working like crazy is someone who put things off the last minute.
And all of a sudden has 30 excuses as to why they did not get finished with their work. Well i was planning to have more time to do this or i was going to get that finished.
but then this broke or i had a flat tire or got caught by the train or behind a slow driver.
NOw they always have good excuses right
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who can answer sensibly.
The person who has 5000 excuses as to why they can’t work cannot be reasoned with. I used to try to reason with people who tried telling me why they were unable to get a job.
Just the other day i had a guy at the door wanting some food some clothes some money because he couldn’t get a job. He gave me excuse after excuse but he finally said no i don’t want to do that.
the truth is if someone does not want to do something they are simply not going to do it. they can give you all sorts of reasons why and no matter how long you stand there and argue with them you won’t get anywhere because in their pridefulness the truth is that they are above truly working.
they are above doing the hard work that needs to be done.
the truth is preplanning is not fun because no one sees it.
I mean it has crossed my mind on more than one occasion when i was home by myself and was doing dishes or sweeping the floor. like maybe i should wait till Crystal gets home so she sees all that i did.
I mean if she doesn’t see me doing this then i don’t get credit right?
Well the same thing happens are work. there are those that wait for an audience so that everyone can see just how busy they really are.
when in fact they could have already been done for the day with a little bit of dillegence.
Good luck convincing them of that though they are wiser in their own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. the sluggard is an absolute fool...
So how does this affect us?
A Christian family should be like an anthill, everyone busily accomplishing something. A healthy church is like an anthill, everybody actively achieving together. Wise people love goals and strategies to leverage their present into a better future. Sluggards are people who sit back and wait on things to change all by themselves…it takes real effort and work.
The sluggard procrastinates. He treats each precious moment of God-given life as no big deal. He is not astounded that the grace of God is giving him one more moment to live for Christ. What is the sluggard thinking? Verse 10: “ ‘A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.’ ” Just a little more, always just a little more. But “a little” is not a little. Verse 11 foresees the eventual cascade of consequences crashing into his life with inescapable force.
The sluggard procrastinates. He treats each precious moment of God-given life as no big deal. He is not astounded that the grace of God is giving him one more moment to live for Christ. What is the sluggard thinking? Verse 10: “ ‘A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.’ ” Just a little more, always just a little more. But “a little” is not a little. Verse 11 foresees the eventual cascade of consequences crashing into his life with inescapable force. There he is, a tragic buffoon, helpless and worthless. In his book Lord, Make My Life a Miracle, my dad concludes this way:
(ESV)
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
There he is, a tragic buffoon, helpless and worthless. Once preacher put it like this:
Your danger and mine is not that we become criminals, but rather that we become respectable, decent, commonplace, mediocre Christians. The twentieth-century temptations that really sap our spiritual power are the television, banana cream pie, the easy chair, and the credit card. The Christian wins or loses in those seemingly innocent little moments of decision.
Paul put it this way.
Ephesians 5:15–17 ESV
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
ESV15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
In other words we don’t have alot of time left so use what time we do have in the most wise way possible.
at best we get about 100 years on this earth to serve the Lord. why waste it chasing after the things that are so tempoary?
no it’s time that we get busy now and stop talking about what we want and instead work toward what we want.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Whoever is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
The desire of the sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
26 All day long he craves and craves,
but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
You see we can talk about wanting to grow in the faith. we can talk about wanting to reach people with the gospel. we can talk about wanting to see our church grow.
but the truth is, until we stop talking and start serving nothing will ever change. I don’t the think the problem is ever whether or not people really truly want to see God work. I think the problem is whether or not they are willing to put the work in to be a part of the work of God.
I mean no one can deny that the person who is starving really truly wants something to eat. There’s no doubt about that. It’s just that the desire to see that movement of God has to be more appealing than the desire to sit down and do nothing.
Real life change has to happen before we are going to see God at work.
and the only way we can see that change is if the pain of change is greater than the pain of staying the same. that’s not a new thought that’s just what the author is trying to get us to see here.
Any book on business or church growth or church turnaround you’re going to come into contact with this idea. the pain of staying the same has to be more than the pain of change before people are willing to do the hard work that is required for God to really work.
think about it. before someone is finally willing to come to Christ they have to finally understand what is at stake. Heaven and Hell. Death and Life. the same is true for us after we come to Christ.
We have to keep the gas pressed and moving forward. No more well i’ll take care of that issue tomorrow. No God wants us to seek him out today.
Obedience delayed turns into Disobdedience if we aren’t careful.
As we get traction in this new way, we can expect counterattack. One of the devil’s favorite strategies is to disrupt church unity:
goes about with crooked speech,
I passed by the field of a sluggard,
13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,
by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
points with his finger,
14 with perverted heart devises evil,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
continually sowing discord;
the ground was covered with nettles,
15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
and its stone wall was broken down.
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
32 Then I saw and considered it;
seven that are an abomination to him:
I looked and received instruction.
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber
and one who sows discord among brothers.
and want like an armed man.
Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A…
God has promised Pardon to your Conversion he has not promised Tomorrow to Your Delay.
A slack hand causes poverty,
The Devil’s Strategy
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
The devil and his cohorts were devising plans to get people to reject the Gospel. “Let’s go to them and say there is no God,” proposed one. Silence prevailed. Every devil knew that most people believe in a supreme being. “Let’s tell them there is no hell, no future punishment for the wicked,” offered another. That was turned down, because men obviously have consciences which tell them that sin must be punished. The concave was going to end in failure when there came a voice from the rear: “Tell them there is a God, there is a hell and that the Bible is the Word of God. But tell them there is plenty of time to decide the question. Let them ‘neglect’ the Gospel, until it is too late.” All hell erupted with ghoulish glee, for they knew that if a person procrastinated on Christ, they usually never accept Him.
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
So let’s press on in him.
but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
And do so letting God speak to us...
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
All the while knowing Satan is not going to like it...
Whoever is slack in his work
is a brother to him who destroys.
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
In all toil there is profit,
and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Proverbs 6:12–15 ESV
12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, 13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, 14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
The desire of the sluggard kills him,
for his hands refuse to labor.
26 All day long he craves and craves,
but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
ESV12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, 13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, 14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber
and want like an armed man.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!

The Bible looks at a sneaky, disruptive person and calls him “worthless” in verse 12. The Hebrew is beliyyacal, meaning “without benefit or profit or use.” That Hebrew word comes over into the New Testament as a name for the devil himself: “What accord has Christ with Belial?” (2 Corinthians 6:15). It

There is a lion in the streets!”
Some people can sin in little ways but with huge impact. Verse 13 talks about non verbal acts of division. winking, signalling, pointing, all for the purpose of sowing discord. A little eye roll here, a little hmm there…
The devil does not want us to be focused on what matters. He does not want us moving forward doing the work of the Lord reaching people in the name of Jesus. he wants us focused on everything else so he will stir up people to keep us off balance focused on past conflicts on precieved hurts and never let us move on.
As a door turns on its hinges,
The author of proverbs has a message for Satan though...
so does a sluggard on his bed.
(ESV)
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
seven that are an abomination to him:
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
than seven men who can answer sensibly.
and hands that shed innocent blood,
The person who has 5000 excuses as to why they can’t work cannot be reasoned with. I used to try to reason with people who tried telling me why they were unable to get a job.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
Just the other day i had a guy at the door wanting some food some clothes some money because he couldn’t get a job. He gave me excuse after excuse but he finally said no i don’t want to do that.
than seven men who can answer sensibly.
feet that make haste to run to evil,
the truth is if someone does not want to do something they are simply not going to do it. they can give you all sorts of reasons why and no matter how long you stand there and argue with them you won’t get anywhere because in their pridefulness the truth is that they are above truly working.
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
they are above doing the hard work that needs to be done.
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.

When the Old Testament uses this literary device (x // x + 1), as in “three // four” (Proverbs 30:18–19, 29–31) or “six // seven,” it is the last item in the list that matters most. The seventh thing the Lord hates, “one who sows discord among brothers,” is the key to understanding the other six things the Lord hates. What he hates about haughty eyes is that their arrogance sows discord among brothers, what he hates about a lying tongue is how its gossip and slander sow discord among brothers, and so forth. God hates all discord with a passion. That’s what “abomination” means. It turns his stomach.

On the flip side he delights in unity. Think about . Behold how good and pleasant it is when borthers dwell in unity!
The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.
We must die to ourselves daily and live for Christ for this ever to happen. we have to get overselves and put our eyes on Jesus. and man is this ever hard. we want so badly for people to make much of us to praise us and lift up our names instead of the name of Jeuss.
if you don’t believe me think about how happy you get when your name is mentioned and you are praised vs. when we sing the name of Jesus.
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a strivingafter wind.
But we must fight it. we must be reminded of what Jesus has done for us. He has died for us he has risen again for us he lives ever to make intercession for us. the very son of God the one who made all things and in whom all things exist did all this for us. so why are we so concerned about what anyone else things?
we ought to simply bow and praise HIm and serve him and work for him.
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The Devil’s Strategy

The devil and his cohorts were devising plans to get people to reject the Gospel. “Let’s go to them and say there is no God,” proposed one. Silence prevailed. Every devil knew that most people believe in a supreme being. “Let’s tell them there is no hell, no future punishment for the wicked,” offered another. That was turned down, because men obviously have consciences which tell them that sin must be punished. The concave was going to end in failure when there came a voice from the rear: “Tell them there is a God, there is a hell and that the Bible is the Word of God. But tell them there is plenty of time to decide the question. Let them ‘neglect’ the Gospel, until it is too late.” All hell erupted with ghoulish glee, for they knew that if a person procrastinated on Christ, they usually never accept Him.

Let us pray. let us pray that we would work for him with the energy of the Holy Spirit. and let us pray that we would be protected against those who would want to do the work of Satan and get us off track and not focused on the job he has given us to do. And let us pray that he would give us the grace to repent and forgive where repentance and forgiveness is needed.
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