Another minor theme of Proverbs is laziness. I’m reminded of the importance of following through when I read this verse:
The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
The mental picture that comes to mind is of someone who has what he needs within his grasp, yet fails to act until the potential is gone. I’ve done that too many times within my life.
The root causes for that can be many, but there’s good news. Psalm 103:4 says that God redeems our lives from destruction, which means that our Father will fix our mistakes. Even better, the Word says that we were created in the image of God, and the New Testament says that as we remain in His presence, we become like Him.
For the lazy person, for the chronic underachiever, that is the gospel. We don’t have to remain in any inferior state of existence, and the only discipline required is to keep spending time in the Word. Since Jesus is the Word, that means when we read the Bible, we’re hanging out with Jesus. And when we hang out with Jesus, we become like Him.