What does it say to you when you drive by a house that has a lot of trash in the yard?

Immediately it speaks of laziness.

Solomon evidently did just that. Now he was most likely in a chariot, not in a car, but the result was the same. He saw that the owner had not taken care of the property. He had a name for the person. He called them a sluggard.

“I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:30-34

He used the word sluggard. Merriam Webster gives us some synonyms for that word. Here are a few: couch potato, deadbeat, do-nothing, drone, lazybones, slouch, slug.

None of those descriptors are good. Solomon recognized that if we take care of small things like our yards, we can be trusted to take care of even bigger things.

Throughout the Bible we are reminded to take care of what we have been entrusted with. Matthew 25:23 puts it like this, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!’”

Someday when we stand before the Lord, what will we hear? Are we taking care of all the things God has given us to be a steward over?

Lord, help me to be faithful over everything you have given me, my property, my house, and especially my loved ones. Help me to lead them faithfully.

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