Proverbs 20:13-15 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Love not sleep, and love not deceit. There are two groups of people spoken of in Prov. 20:13-15, both whom we should avoid. Yet the deadbeat and devious person are not the same.
The Deadbeat is just looking for another place to flop. They are lazy and all they care about is having no responsibilities. Give them a little time and they’ll do nothing constructive with it.
A devious person is really just the opposite. They would much rather cause some sort of trouble than sleep. My dad use to say this kind of person would rather cause trouble than eat, and it’s true. You may know someone like this. It seems if there is trouble around, you will always find them there, or heading there. They know the latest gossip, and usually make up what they don’t know. It’s the last person in the world to whom you would tell a secret. They are the person who always seems to try to fool people. The one which, when you catch them in a lie, they just laugh and say something like, “Oh, I was just kidding.”
While the deadbeat is never busy at anything and someone to avoid, the devious person is always busy at the wrong things and should also be avoided.
There is a third group of people alluded to here as well. They are those people who understand that the wisdom and knowledge obtained from God are more valuable than anything this world can offer. We need to be as they are. We should be up and busy, allowing God to pour wisdom into our lives. All the while encouraging the deadbeats and devious folks to come and get to know Christ.
It may look like fun on the other side of what’s right. You see a happy-go-lucky person who may seem to be having all the fun. However, the end is always destruction. They destroy themselves, and often many who follow them. In the end they find themselves alone and lonely. Choose right, Choose Christ.
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