Proverbs 22:11-14 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor. The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets. The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
I remember a story of a young boy who came running into the house yelling “There’s a Lion in the yard, come see, there’s a lion out here.” The frightened and nervous parents jumped up and ran to the porch only to see a mangy old dog out in the yard. The father told his boy; “son, go to your room. You have scared your mother and me to death with your tall tales. I have told you that lying will get you in serious trouble some day. You go upstairs and pray. Ask God to forgive you for your lying. When you think you are forgiven, you may come down.”
The boy had been upstairs in his room for a couple of hours when his mother called up and said, “It’s time for dinner.” As the boy quietly sat at the dinner table the father asked him, “Son do you think God has forgiven you for telling us there was a lion outside?” The boy said, “Yes I do, but dad, while I was praying, God told me when he first saw that dog, He thought it was lion too.”
The slothful, or today we might say a lazy person in today’s passage says, “There is a lion without.” The reason he says this is simple. He is lazy, and this is just another excuse not to go out into the world and do his part. The excuses of the lazy are many. Where there is no real danger, obstacles are made up. Where any little hindrance appears, they exaggerate it to enormous proportion.
It’s easy to look at people who are not willing to work for physical gain and say, “Yup, that’s them, the slothful.” However, what about those who will not work for the Kingdom of God to do their part to win souls? I wonder if they see lions too.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Satan is like a roaring lion the Bible says. It also says greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Oh, dear Lord; open our eyes to see that you have defeated the roaring lion of Satan, and that we need to be busy in your harvest fields today. Amen.
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