Proverbs 6: The Art of Laziness


If there is one trait we have inherited as a human race in general and have successfully followed through with, it is the art of laziness. Laziness is the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy; in other words, it is idleness. It is a true statement that the one that puts off work is the one who puts on poverty. We are the handiwork of God – we are His creation. The ant shares in this as well, being one of God’s creatures. But even with it being so much more significantly smaller than us, Solomon calls his son and us, the readers, to observe its ways and diligence (Proverbs 6:6).

Ants and Accountability

If we stop a moment to think, we are called to compare our work ethic and diligence to an insect. A humbling thought for someone like myself who is notorious for wanting to hit the snooze button in the morning rather than obey its beckoning call. I have been convicted of letting precious time go by, awake or asleep, that could have been used doing something productive (Proverbs 6:9). We need to make better use of our time on Earth and steward it well. Each man has an appointed time to live here on Earth, and what we do with this time we will give an account for (2 Corinthians 5:10).

A Little Sleep and a Whole Lot of Slumber

Am I saying that hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock for five more minutes of sleep is sinful? Not at all. But it is when we become bound to laziness instead of working in whatever we are called to for the glory of God when we find ourselves in predicaments that can have some great consequences (1 Corinthians 10:31). Consistently calling off work to relax can turn into a fight to get back into the routine of work, or worse, turn into unemployment. Putting off responsibilities to be idle can cause relaxation to trump responsibility. It only takes a little sleep, a little slumber, and a little folding of the hands to turn into a lot of sleep, a lot of slumber, and a lot of folding of the hands if we are not mindful (Proverbs 6:10-11).

The Greatest Work: Accomplished in Christ

The ant works thoroughly without an overseer or a task master (Proverbs 6:8). We as citizens of a heavenly city are charged to do our work well, and in a way that is pleasing to God, not just man (Colossians 3:23). This is not an attempt to win His favor, for that was won by Christ. This is to bring honor to the One who has shown us mercy. Our greatest work and rest has been accomplished in Christ in His finished work of salvation, won for His glory and our good. What we do with the good works He has prepared for us to do in advance from that salvation must be done well. It must be done in the strength and grace that He gives us. Rest when needed, sisters, but be sure when duty for our King calls, arise to the occasion! Laziness is not our master...Christ is!

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Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Griffin enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.