The lure of procrastination

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Reading: Amos 1:1-3:15; Proverbs 24:30-34

READ (verse chosen for meditation)
Proverbs 24:30-34
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, 31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. 32 Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

REFLECT
Proverbs 24:30-34 speaks of the sluggard who neglected to care for the vineyard that was entrusted to his care. As a result, the vineyard was overgrown with thorns and even its stone wall was broken down. A vineyard was and still is a great provision from the Lord. However, it needs to be tended to and constantly cared for. Otherwise, poverty (not just in the physical sense I believe) will be knocking at our doors. To be sure, verses 33-34 described that the sluggard did not destroy the vineyard overnight; but it was accumulated “bits of laziness” that caused the destruction.

RELATE
It is rare that I come across people who are so lazy that they don’t even want to work. Rather, I believe many of us struggle with “bits of sluggishness” or what we often refer to as “procrastination”. There are many reasons as to why people procrastinate. Sometimes procrastination can be a good thing especially if one has many things to handle all at one time. So a little slowing down in making decisions could be beneficial.

However, some of us might procrastinate because we keep thinking that we have “time” or that we refuse to optimise what God has entrusted to us. We think that we are not good enough despite the many assurances from the community and the Lord that this is not true. In these circumstances, the wise person in Proverbs warned that such “sluggishness” could cost us dearly.

I thank God for this reminder as there are occasions when I would slip into such a mode of procrastination. I am reminded that God orders my time and entrust me with resources to help me live a fruitful life. Let me therefore be a good steward, trust in His heart and obey.

REST
Thank you Lord for the reminder to be a better steward of what You have entrusted to my care. Strengthen my heart to serve Yours. Amen.

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