30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.
31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.
32 Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson:
33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
What a relevant piece of advice/warning for today. We face a massive recession, crippling debt (both at home and our government), and a record amount of people choosing to leave responsibility for there actions. Society leans more and more toward a goal of rest and sleep and farther away from work. We are then shocked at how quickly we move into poverty.
Often we look at people who have been obviously lazy and see the results of that, with little thought that we can easily wind up in the same place. We must realize that we are just a few steps away from ruin. It’s typically not one huge mistake that causes people to fail. Rather, it is a succesion of seemingly innocent choices to submit to our flesh, that lead to a habit of being complacent.
Remember, we all need rest and respite from work. However this must be earned rest and deserved slumber. Don’t recklessly fall into the habit of procrastination, and then act surprised when you hit a run of “misfortune” or the bad economy trips you up. The word of God has warned you what taking too much time off will lead to.