The Piper

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 21

Gold Nugget
Verse 25: “The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor”

Commentary
There is a powerful verse of scripture in 1 Timothy 5:8, “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.” Our country is overrun with laziness. That’s pretty blunt, but the truth is just as plain. It’s an unfortunate truth and we have gotten away with it for so long, that it doesn’t seem to be an issue. Well, the time to pay the piper is fast upon us. We’ve lived off the fat of the land for so long that the fat of the land has gone lean. Throughout history we have operated under a government who can’t balance a checkbook and we are all about to pay for it. We’ve given away our work because we didn’t want to do it, and our leaders have sold us into slavery. We assume that because the possessors have not come to reposes that they never will, but reading the writing on the wall will reveal our inevitable day of reckoning. This irresponsibility is nationwide and it all comes from a “give me what I want now, and I’ll deal with it later” mentality. Like the man in today’s “gold nugget”, The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor”, we will lay in our beds today and be hungry tomorrow. This doesn’t describe all of us, but it describes enough of us to cost us all. If we are not willing to work and get off our duffs, we will come to hunger, but if we put our hands to labor, we will eat and survive. America has forgotten what it’s like to go hungry; it’s my belief that we may soon to be reminded.

Prayer
Lord, we have put our security in our country's prosperity and I pray that we will begin to put our faith in you and your ability to provide. In that, we know that you judge according to the heart and a lazy man will go hungry. Amen

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