“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” (Proverbs 19:15)
1. not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
2. not spent or filled with activity: idle hours.
3. not in use or operation; not kept busy: idle machinery.
4. habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy.
5. of no real worth, importance, or significance: idle talk.
Has Satan set a trap of idleness for you?
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8)
Have you permitted a lazy, lukewarm, Laodicean spirit to take control of your life?
John Wesley wrote in his journal, “It was in pursuance of an advice given by Bishop Taylor, in his ‘Rules for Holy Living and Dying’, that, about fifteen years ago, I began to take a more exact account than I had done before, of the manner wherein I spent my time, writing down how I had employed every hour.”
Whether in the natural, or especially the Spiritual; the Bible refers to idleness as a sin.
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (I Timothy 5:8)
Have we found ourselves in a condition where we are no longer providing (naturally or spiritually) for ourselves, or our families?
Are we too lax to read our Bibles and pray like we should?
“You say, “Brother Branham, I’m no prostitute.”
I don’t altogether mean sexually. Prostitution’s on a higher level. You can prostitute your time. How much time do you give to Him?”
‘Pride’ (55-0807A) ~ William Marrion Branham
Have we become so unconcerned that we no longer have a burden for lost souls?
Have we allowed ourselves to become so selfish that we only think of ourselves?
“Neither be ye idolaters…
Oh, you say, ‘I thank God that I’m not an idolater’. Wait just a minute. Let’s examine it by the Word. Say, ‘I wouldn’t worship an idol’. That doesn’t altogether mean you worship an idol. You just have to be idle, doing nothing. Go to church. Yeah, that’s all right, go back home, do nothing about it. Brother, a real borned again man or woman can’t stand still. There’s something in them. They’ve got to testify. They got to do something. They are bound to do something. They can’t hold their peace.”
‘Corinthians Book Of Correction (57-0414) ~ William Marrion Branham
May these words sink deep into our understanding! May they shake us from our idleness!
My prayer is that God will help us to take account of every moment so that we stop wasting precious moments that could be used for His glory with idle words, or an idle condition, and redeem the time that He has given us.
“Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait. “
‘A Psalm Of Life’ ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)