#DailyDevotion Tuesday June 5, 2017
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:10-11; 24:33-34)
(Proverbs 6:10-11; 24:33-23)
Although there are other causes of poverty, yet there is one which can easily be eradicated; that’s laziness. While growing up in my little village of Goopi in Moyo District, North West of Uganda; my father did not give us any chance to stay idle. We nearly woke up every dawn during school days to do some field (garden) work before we could go to school. On returning from school, we never stayed doing nothing—there was always something for us to do. This helped to train us in hardworking. Those who continue to sleep while others work, those who keep their hands folded without putting them to work, those who are sluggish breed poverty in their houses. Twice in his proverbs, king Solomon writes;
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:10-11; 24:33-34).
The sluggards usually give a lot of excuses for not working hard, but laziness should be inexcusable for anyone—more so for a Christian. There are many Christians who complain of work all the time. Others accuse Adam and Eve for the fall which has resulted into being thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Whether mankind continued to live in the Garden of Eden, we have been created to work. After forming Adam; “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). After the fall, God decreed to the man;
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“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground” (Genesis 3:17-19). In this decree, it is very clear that we must work to have food on our tables. The early church didn’t tolerate laziness in any way. Paul gave a very strong warning against idleness, commanding that the lazy must not eat. He writes;
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it… For even when we were with you, we gave this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling [lazy] to work shall not eat.’ We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat” (II Thessalonians 3:6-12).
Dear brothers and sisters, do not forget that a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands breeds poverty. When others work, work; when others rise, rise; when others put their hands to work, work; when others don’t work, work; for in doing so you fulfil the biblical command to eat the food you have earned. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.