A Lion in the Streets

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 22

Gold Nugget
Verse 13: “The lazy man says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

“I’m too sick to go to the hospital right now. I’ll wait until I feel better.” The first time I heard that was on an episode of Fat Albert. As ridiculous as it sounds, people have the same approach to many things in life. When I was little, I used to hear the older folks speak of the guy that wouldn't fix his leaky roof because it was raining outside. When it wasn't raining it didn't leak, so no need in bothering with it. All of those are silly scenarios and yet they fall right in line with today’s “gold nugget”. “The lazy man says, There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” The lazy man won’t go outside and work for his food because he would die from a lion roaming in the streets, so instead he will stay inside and starve to death from lack of food. A Christian is not accurately portrayed as one who is weak. We are strong people that persevere even through obstacles and difficulties. We drive ourselves to the hospital while we are sick, fix our leaking roof while it is raining and go for food, even if there is a lion in the streets.

The mature wake up even when we are sleepy and go to work even when we are tired. We worship even when we are hurting and remain obedient even when we are tempted to disobey. We needn’t have the perfect conditions in place to do what is right. We are loving to the unlovable and patient with the troubled. If all we need is an excuse to veer from the path that has been placed before us, then the enemy will always be sure and provide us with one. We have determined that there are certain things that we must do and we will not allow situations and circumstances to detour us from that path… even if there is a lion in the streets!

Lord, there are things that you have put before me to do and I have decided that nothing will keep me from doing them. When things happen that challenge what you have called me to, help me to maintain a focused mind to please you above anything else. Amen

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