Pr. 10:26: “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him.”
Have you ever had smoke from a fire get into your eyes? I recently did, and it is extremely uncomfortable. Not only that, but it set off a chain of events that caused more discomfort. My eyes were irritated and watering, my nose began to run and become stuffy, and my throat began to hurt.
Does your mind link that with a lazy person not doing what you sent them to do?
As a parent, I understand that my kids are not necessarily lazy, but their lack of ‘following orders’ mirrors that of someone lazy on occasion. My son will just keep moving and pretend he didn’t hear me. My daughter will instantly begin to play with one of our 2 cats.
It does cause me a bit of discomfort when I realize they have no intentions of doing what I just asked. Then I have to stop what I’m doing to give them a reminder. “Oh yeah!,” they say, and then they move to do it.
Occasionally I find that, even though they moved at the 2nd command, they still aren’t doing what I’ve asked. Now there is a bit of irritation. If what they are supposed to do is something to help us get out the door to go somewhere, it does set off a chain of events that could definitely cause us to be late, or cause tension as we go, instead of peace.
What about when God asks us to do something? Ouch! You felt that one, didn’t you? I know I did.
When God asks us to do something, do we act like we didn’t hear him? Do we try to move on and hope He’ll forget what He just asked. Maybe someone else can do it. Do we just ignore it and begin to do something we’d rather do instead hoping He didn’t really mean it. Do we say, “Ok, I’ll do it,” but then move on to the next distraction? 🐱
When we don’t obey our Father, we are acting like the lazy man. We are irritating His plans, possibly causing a chain of reaction that makes what He was trying to accomplish more difficult.
Not only that, but we miss out on the opportunity to please our Father and to have peace. I don’t know about you, but when I ignore His requests, it eats at me and I know I’m wrong. It causes tension in our relationship.
What He asks us to do may not be on our personal list of priorities or on that bucket list we’ve created. It may require a sacrifice of us, but His thoughts and ways are still higher than ours. What He has planned is for someone’s good… maybe ours, maybe someone else’s.
Whatever it is, like a parent asking a child to do something, He has his reasons. Let’s just trust Him and do it.