Today, we’ll continue our gleaning of some of the random verses in Ecclesiastes by looking at the topic of laziness.
(Ecc 10:18) By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
(Ecc 11:4) He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
Solomon noted that laziness leaves clues. Decay is inevitible. The diligent person acknowledges that fact and does what is needed to respond to it. The collapsing building is evidence that the sluggard is unwilling to do what is necessary to maintain what he has.
Solomon also notice how the slothful person is distracted. He pays attention to things that are unimportant. He makes excuses. As a result, he doesn’t do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Solomon made similar observations in Proverbs:
Pro 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Pro 21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
What About You?
- Do you see evidence in you life that you are slothful?
- Do you get distracted and end up not doing what needs to be done?