Lesson 90

Proverbs 10:26 says:

As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.

What can be more irritating than to hire someone and have them do nothing? They would rather gossip, surf, or eat than do the job they were hired to do. It is the equivalent to smoke in the eyes.

Does this sluggard only irritate those that are paying them money to do a job, or anyone who is dependent on them? Ah… We have now opened the doors and stepped on everyone’s toes.

Who sends us? God for one. Sometimes a friend that we volunteer to help. In truth, anytime we make a promise to do something for someone, we are going out as a representative of them and getting a job done even when there is no money involved.

What happens when we shrug off the duty? We spend more time chatting with friends than we do actually doing what we promised? We become an irritant in the eyes of that person and to God.

Take a few moments and think. When have you neglected to do something you said that you would? It could have been for the boss. It might have been for the wife/husband. It very well could be for your children. How about what you promised God? Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. And more ouch.

We promise our secular boss that we will perform certain job duties in exchange for money and sometimes benefits. There are many of us that can with pride say that we have held to that promise. Others have fallen far short. They are the ones the boss regrets hiring.

We promise our spouse when we marry them to cherish them and be there for them. I hang my head in shame for being the sluggard in this area. None of us have met this promise completely. A bit of laziness creeps in because they should be meeting our needs, too.

What about the promise to God to follow His commands? What about promising to grow in His Word and go beyond milk? Sluggards we all are. Irritants to Him.

Now, the question comes about what you and I are going to do about it. Are we going to continue being the sluggard or are we going to get up off our lazy rear ends and show the world what a real Christian looks like?