Today’s Scrip-Bit 21 November 2016 Proverbs 6:9.

Proverbs 6:9.    How long wilt thou sleep (lie down, rest), O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

So it’s Monday once again friends, time to rise and shine! But it’s somewhat difficult to get up out of bed to go and face another day of labour, with traffic jams on your way to work, and more traffic jams on the way home. It feels like you spend half your day sitting in traffic on what’s supposed to be a highway, but for a great portion of the day resembles a huge parking lot. 

Yeh mih people, I know how it is. By the time you get to work you are tired from fighting the traffic, and sometimes you’re tempted to go back home, but the very thought of fighting the traffic all the way back home, nixes that thought immediately. (smile) But we have to eat and keep a roof over our heads, so rolling over and going back to sleep is not an option, so please get up and get a move on. 

Now don’t worry, we have something, an antidote that will drive all those negative thoughts and emotions from our minds. It’s called our Monday Morning Battle Hymn, and let’s sing it with all the energy, enthusiasm and harmony we can muster, as Jesus, our choirmaster directs us. 

In unison now: ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. 

We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. 

But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. 

Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ 

Ah friends, that wasn’t so hot nuh; it lacked passion, and was somewhat rough around the edges. Consequently, no bright smile lit up our choirmaster’s face. But the important thing is that the master lifter-up of adrenaline is now flowing through our bodies, so let’s get a positive vibe going as we head for the battle ground called work. 

Now let’s turn to our Bit, more wise words of Cousin Sol, as he asks these two rather important questions. ‘How long wilt thou sleep (lie down, rest), O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?’ 

And yuh know when I saw it, earlier on, as I was searching for a Bit, I had to chuckle, because it seemed so appropriate for today. Unfortunately, it fits too many people in our society today, where the tendency to be lazy and unproductive has reached new heights. 

But listen to how Cousin Sol continues after our Bit. ‘Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travaileth (a prowler), and thy want (need) as an armed man.’ (Prov.6:9-11) 

Yes precious people, if we refuse to conduct ourselves in a manner conducive to prosperity, then poverty will creep up on as a thief in the night. We can’t expect to sit on our fat fannies and do next to nothing and not suffer some indignity, have those fat fannies become quite slim in no time at all. (smile) 

Now hear what Cousin Sol says before our Bit. ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide (leader), overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat (grain, bread) in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.’ (Prov.6:6-9) 

And the scholars offer this explanation. ‘6:6-11. The sluggard is the habitually lazy person, He is admonished to learn two important lessons from the ant: (1) the ant has no guide, overseer, or ruler (v.7), meaning that the ant does not have a taskmaster standing over it to make it work; it is a self-starter. (2) The ant is wise enough to prepare for predictable circumstances (v.8). 

Two questions about sleep are posed to the sluggard (v.9). His answer is given in verse 10: “Just a little more sleep!” The result of such laziness is dire poverty, which will come as suddenly and decisively as a robber (v.11).’ 

There you have it my people; incredible wisdom that we can learn from the lowly ant. And Job takes it step further, when he acknowledges God’s omnipotence. ‘But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?’ (Job 12:7-9) 

And the scholars tell us. ‘Job believes in God’s omnipotence, too, though he emphasizes its destructive capacity.’ Yes friends, this life is not easy, but if we put our best foot forward, and faithfully cling to our Creator, while diligently following His dictates we will surely succeed. 

That’s why I keep encouraging and admonishing us to be more proactive and productive, otherwise our lives will simply be wasted. And what a crying shame that would be. So please, let’s stand strong and steadfast in faith and trust, as we go about God’s business today nuh. For that’s wisdom of eternal proportions! Much LOVE!

…true followers of Jesus…cannot afford to be lazy and idle…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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