How to overcome idleness and laziness
|Pastor Enoch Adeboye|
|Memorise: “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them” (Prov 20:12)Read: Proverbs 26:13-16|
|“As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Prov 26:14). Another trait you find in the sluggard is that most times, he refuses to make effort. It is all noise but no movement. All faith talks but no works. His problem is procrastination.
He always has hope for a tomorrow that never comes. ‘When will you start to pray aggressive, effective prayers?” ‘Ah! Tomorrow’. The following day, he will say the body is weak so he will resume his prayers ‘Tomorrow’. The next day, he will say the weather appears too dull for his liking so he will say once again, ‘Tomorrow’. The ‘tomorrow’ of a sluggard is a myth – a mirage. It is borne in emptiness and exists only in the mouth realm. If you are fond of carrying over today’s assignments, responsibilities and duties to the next day or some future date, you are a sluggard.
Also, the efforts of a sluggard are nothing but noise. If all you do is make empty boasts or promises, you are a sluggard. If you cannot venture or take a step of faith to move on to greater heights, you are a sluggard. A sluggard is pegged to the same spot. He knows no progress. Some workers would go out for evangelism. After battling with one or two souls who refused to give their lives to Christ, they call it quits. Such workers are sluggards. If you cannot make an effort that will deliver you your expected positive result, you are a sluggard.
“How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” (Prov 6:9). One thing sluggards love so well is sleep. One place you easily find them is their beds. While sleep is meant to revive the hard-working so that he can return renewed to work, to the sluggard, sleep is an end. He lives to sleep.
If you find it difficult to wake early or you easily fall asleep while working or praying, you are a sluggard. Until you define your sleeping hours and show your mastery over sleep, you cannot amount to anything. The believer who prays that God should provide him a job but wakes up at 12 noon, or cannot go out in search of opportunities, is a sluggard. He can continue like this for years without receiving help from God.
God does not assist the lazy but the weak who have exhausted their strength while making efforts. Until you attempt to move from where you are, you cannot move forward. Many people have remained ordinary because they love too much of sleep.
|If you are always speaking faith or making positive confessions without backing it up with relevant works, you are out of Heaven’s agenda.|