Proverbs 6: Laziness Makes Poor

But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. Prov. 6:9-11

Isn’t is interesting to see that being lazy opens the door to poverty? You see, even when someone has been given a great inheritance, being lazy will cause them to ruin that too! But when I looked deeper into poverty, I realized that there are many other ways that we can be poor:

We can be poor in relationships, in knowledge, in love, in spirituality. All of those things also require us to be engaged. Being lazy with things that matter in our life will leave us poor and needy. Work or effort is essential for every growth or satisfaction.

Church folks have become lazy and don’t build their relationship with God. If we don’t take time to sit and read the word of God, let alone study, or even pray, how can we obey the word and how can we grow spiritually? The bible says that “physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”(1 Timothy 4 :8). Some of us give priority to our physical appearance, never failing our diets, never missing a day in the gym. But in the things of God, we have no personal time. Just church.  But church is not what it takes for spiritual growth. That’s why many church goers are still unsaved or still spiritual babes.

Friends, let’s wake up and make our spiritual life a priority. God is waiting for us to work and speak on his behalf, but we have to be “adults” in the spirit for that. The world is waiting for the manifestation of the children of God. (Romans 8:19). Let’s not be lazy!


Lord God, thank you for opening my eyes again to this scripture! Let your Spirit strengthen me mightily so that I will make all my effort  to spend personal time with you. Getting to know your word so that I can live by faith, in obedience to your commandments.  I thank you for your abundant grace, in Jesus name, Amen.



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