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Proverbs 22:13

April 20, 2011

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!”

or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”

Proverbs 22:13

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Excuses, excuses…or are they?

Food for Thought

The God who created wisdom also created irony. This verse has always been so simple for me because I’ve always been one of those “Get after it!” people. Goal? “Get after it!” Problem? “Get after it!” Celebration? “Get after it!” You know, one of those annoying go-getters. No time for sluggards here.

That’s one reason why this time in God’s desert has been so painful for me — I often doubt my motives. Am I really on God’s plan or have I become a bum? It is at times like these where all I can do is ask God to reveal my heart to me. I want to be on God’s plan more than anything and sometimes that means experiencing and being something that makes you very uncomfortable. I’m a natural go-getter, naturally inquisitive, naturally feisty, and in the words of Roy Williams — the ultimate communications guru today in my opinion — I’m the “basset hound.” Aroooo! That’s for you, Roy.

But sometimes the basset hound has to be still and quiet. As Solomon’s dad David said, captured in The Message:

Quiet down before God,

be prayerful before him.

Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,

who elbow their way to the top.

Excuses here? I don’t think I’m making any. Perhaps that’s the difference between being a bum and being obedient.

Next Steps

  1. What excuses are you making that keep you from doing what you were called to do?
  2. What are you afraid of? If you’re not afraid, are you lazy? Be honest with yourself.
  3. What are you willing to do to remove those excuses?
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One Comment
  1. Tricia Tice permalink

    This is a very real struggle for those of us that are driven. God constantly calls me to be still as well and it’s a chore at times. Still, there have been far too many times that I’ve figured out far too late that I was scrambling up a ladder as fast as i could that was on the WRONG BUILDING. He often reminds me that I have become a human doing again rather than a human being. I know he expects us to be dilligent about our work, but maybe part of what he has been trying to get across is that I can’t be dilligent about work that is His to do, not mine–I can only be still and watch Him do what He is good at with a profound sense of awe. Must be a vine thing.

    I also see that when I’m hyper-focused and hyped up to do my work, I spin my wheels quite a bit. In His stillness, work is effective and somewhat effortless. He delights in balancing the huge rock on the pivot point and asking me to do the final touch that sets it all into motion. We delight together in watching the ensuing action.

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