Solomon was truly a remarkable man. In 2 Chronicles 1 God basically gives Solomon one wish. He can ask for anything at all, and the Lord would give it to him. Many of us might have asked for wealth or health or maybe an easy life, but Solomon’s response is different.
“Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” (2 Chr. 1:10).
Solomon knew that in order to rule over God’s people well he needed more than wealth or even honor. He needed wisdom. God grants Solomon this request and gives him all the wisdom and knowledge he would ever need (plus much more).
Some say Solomon was the wisest person that ever lived (besides Jesus) and so we are truly blessed to have a book that was written by him, for us.
In our passage Solomon is addressing those in government. He talks about the fact that a kingdom is in trouble if it has a ruler who is irresponsible, who is more interested in frivolous things and whose officials are lazy and prone to gossip. With rulers like that the kingdom will crumble.
At first glance it is easy to think that this has very little application to our lives. But don’t dismiss these verses, especially the main verse for today which says this:
“Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks” (Eccl. 10:18).
Laziness won’t just cause problems in government, but in our own homes and lives as well.
Laziness is a kind of thief and a breaking of the 8th commandment. If I don’t do my job, or I do it poorly, I am wasting my company’s time and money and, quite possible, will get fired. If I don’t take care of my home, due to laziness, I am dishonoring God in the time that he has given me and not serving my family in the way that I have been called to serve them.
But there is another area of our life where laziness can be found. All to often we are lazy in our spiritual life and therefore lazy in the kingdom of God. Here are a few examples.
Laziness in fighting temptation will result in us sliding (often times unexpectedly) into sin.
Laziness in reading our Bibles will result in us growing dull in the knowledge of truth and we will not live as wisely as we should.
Laziness in meditating on God’s word will result in us quickly forgetting what we read.
Without meditation, the truths of God will not stay with us. The heart is hard, and the memory slippery—and without meditation all is lost! As a hammer drives a nail to the head—so meditation drives a truth to the heart.
– Thomas Watson
Laziness in prayer will result in much fear and worry.
Laziness in fellowship will result in discouragement and loneliness that comes from trying to live this Christian life on our own.
If we are lazy in our spiritual life we will be tossed all around in our emotions, in our beliefs and in our affections for Christ.
Ultimately, spiritual laziness will result in a lukewarm faith.
But praise be to our good God who has given us everything we need to live a strong and vibrant life. We need to repent of our laziness and ask God for the strength and desire to fight sin, read his word, meditate on truth and bathe everything in prayer. He is faithful, He will surely do it!
Looking To Jesus,