“Go to the ant, you sluggard!” ~ Proverbs 6:6
The Bible has a way with words . . . and we are wise to heed them. "Sluggard" is one of my favorite words from Proverbs. After reading through Proverbs together a few summers ago, my kids had quite a bit of fun teasing each other, saying "you sluggard!".
Proverbs 6 is full of warnings! We are counseled to avoid surety (securing another person's debt), avoid sloth (laziness which leads to poverty), and avoid scoundrels (bad company which pulls you down).
God loves us, so he warns us! Let's take a quick look at each one of these warnings!
1. You can't save someone form drowning if you are drowning with them (Proverbs 6:1-5). Avoid surety! I learned a long time ago as a life guard that the biggest danger in saving a drowning victim is getting drowned with her. the master teacher seems to be saying the same thing about financial guarantees. Sometimes helping someone is not really helpful!
2. God helps those who help themselves! (Proverbs 6:6-11) Avoid sloth! I know it's not in the Bible. And yet, the master teacher makes clear that nothing but poverty comes to those who lay around all day. Wisdom advises us to consider the industry of the ant and get busy. I guess the "early bird" really does get the worm.
3. Bad company corrupts good morals! (Proverbs 6:12-19) Avoid scoundrels! There are six . . . no seven things which the Lord hates! Proverbs 6:16-19 is not an exhaustive list of that which God hates, but it is well worth a second and third glance. Each item expresses the attitude and activity of the "worthless, wicked man (6:12) -- a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that works evil, feet that are swift to evil, a false witness, and one who sows discord among brothers. the warning is clear--surround yourself with good company!
The Bible can be direct at times . . . I like that! Apply these three warnings to your life today and grow wise. You will be blessed!