Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Consequences of Slothfulness
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Does anyone remember the saying, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop"? I may not remember that correctly, but I am sure my parents quoted it to me once or twice.
Grace to you.
When my daughters were younger, I did not give them cell phones or unsupervised access to the Internet. Paul teaches about the younger widows (which I think may be applicable to young women): "And withal they learn
idle, wandering about from
house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not" (1 Timothy 5:13).
In our culture today, those who have learned to be idle don't have to wander from house to house literally. They can do it via the telephone. They can wander the whole world via the Internet. And they can learn to be idle and then tattlers and busybodies. Before I gave these tools to my daughters, I wanted to see virtue in them. Speaking of the virtuous or strong woman, Proverbs 31:27 says, "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth on the bread of idleness."
Lest we think idle behavior is only a problem for the young women, Proverbs 19:15 tells us, "Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger." Idleness will lead to hunger and want.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 says, "By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through." Lest you think I am condemning anyone with this, I am pointing the finger at myself. If we do not learn diligence when young, it can be a problem for much of our life.