“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise…How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?” (Proverbs 6:6, 9, ESV)
I know…I know. This is not an exciting scripture to wake up to.
Proverbs like this don’t get a lot of press. It’s not going to attract a crowd. It won't get top billing at the next big conference. You’re never going to see a video message on laziness ever go viral on social media.
Wisdom is a funny thing these days. None of us really want to be taught how to limit our choices for success. We want to keep doing what we’re doing; add a little good stuff on the side, and hope for the best. Our culture, right now, doesn’t want to be told “we can’t,” or even that “we should” do anything. We just want to be happy…regardless of what our lives look like.
But, the Word of God is clear. There IS a way that leads to our best life. There is godly wisdom that governs our speech, our financial obligations, marriage, and all things social. If we listen, it leads to life; if we ignore it, it leads to…well…not such good things.
Let the Spirit of God encourage you. He did not give us the gospel simply to give us a great spiritual experience. You still have to live in the real world with real people. May our ears always be bent toward what is best rather than what is easy.