A little laziness produces great disaster in an individual’s life.
Proverbs 6:9-11 (KJV)
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Laziness comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Laziness can occur in the life a child who is too lazy to do his chores, or a house wife that neglects the cleanliness and care of her home. Laziness can be found in a teenager who sleeps his days away and refuses to take initiative or show diligence in getting a job. Laziness might show up in a husband and father who lacks motivation to prepare and have family devotions with his family. Laziness can show up in a habit of paying bills late and facing late charges. Laziness can show up in letting house maintenance or vehicle maintenance go undone.
Here in the Proverbs 6:10, it is interesting the word “little” is used three times in one verse revealing the emphasis that it doesn’t take much laziness to bring about great disaster. It also intimates that the continual or habitual nature of laziness that it very easily becomes a lifestyle. Compared to the ant who has proper priorities of working in the summer and harvest, and sleeping in the winter, The lazy man does not live with proper order or priorities in his life. The lazy person has no concern about the future, and no drive to prepare for anything ahead.
V. 11 reveals the promise of the great disaster connected to the pattern of laziness – “poverty”. A little laziness in church attendance can bring about poverty spiritually. A little laziness at work (not showing up on a time) can result in the loss of a job and the beginning of poverty. The vivid reminder in this passage is that laziness in one’s life always bears bad fruit.
Poverty will come slow but surely by days passing by with “a little sleep, a little slumber, and a little folding of the hands to sleep:” It will come as a Surprise and with irresistible violence, meaning, a lazy man will not be able to overcome the poverty when it arrives.
Family Bible Notes summarizes v. 11 well when it says, “Indolent procrastination is the parent of poverty and misery in things temporal and spiritual. The divine law is, that wealth of every kind comes by toil.”
Is there something in which you are being a little lazy in? Be motivated by this truth to become diligent and get busy about that area, knowing that a Little laziness produces great disaster in an indivdual’s life.