“Go to the ant, you sluggard!Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep –
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.”
“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord lazily. And cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.”[Norwegian translation]
On the battlefield, if a soldier for one reason or another fails to use his sword against the enemy, the enemy will sooner or later defeat him. As warriors of God, battle-fight”>we are also called to battle – against sin in the flesh. If we are unwilling to suffer – to deny our lusts the nourishment they demand – we succumb to temptation and therefore give in to the desires of the flesh.
“He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”
“In all labor there is profit,
But idle chatter leads only to poverty.”
“Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.”
“He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.”
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Reminder that our time is short
“… whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
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