Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 15, 2017

“Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 10:11-20.

“11 If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.  12 Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;  13 the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.  14 Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him? 15 The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.  16 Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.  17 Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength and not for drunkenness.  18 Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.  19 Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.  20 Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.”   Ecclesiastes 10:11-20.


“30 I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
31 And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw, I reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
34 Then your poverty will come as a robber
And your want like an armed man.”  Proverbs 24:30-34.

“6 Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest”—
11 Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man.”  Proverbs 6:6-11.

“4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,
But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.”  Proverbs 10:4-5.

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.”  Proverbs 13:4.

But, there is hope!

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain;  but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”  1 Corinthians 15:10.


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