Hebrew Teachings of Wisdom

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Teachings of Hebrew Wisdom on Diligence and Laziness By: John Cleveland Throughout the Bible, we see the importance of being diligent in our walk with Christ as oppose to falling asleep and becoming lazy. As followers of Christ, we know that by applying the knowledge given to us from the Bible can have a profound impact on our lives. When we study God's Word, we receive wisdom and we are then able to use this wisdom in our daily lives. However, if we choose to not be diligent in our walk with Christ, then we could possibly backslide as a result of being lazy and falling into deeper sin. In this essay we will look at what the Hebrew teachings say about diligence as oppose to being lazy regarding our following of Christ. In…show more content…
If we continue to look in the Book of Proverbs, we will find that Solomon also teaches us a lot about the results that can be expected from being lazy in our walk with God. When we become lazy in our lives, we open the doors for negative consequences to arise. According to Hindson and Yates, “the contrast between wisdom and folly is often a contrast between righteousness and wickedness.” (2012, 263) What good is having knowledge only to never apply it in our daily lives? The ways of laziness only lead to trouble and bad consequences. Being lazy is unproductive and this can lead us away from the things that God has called us to do. Solomon states, “listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” (Proverbs 23:19-21) If we choose the laziness lifestyle, then this can lead to poor choices that will have negative impacts in our lives. Solomon teaches us the importance of being diligent and what all it can lead to. Diligence leads to abundance and positive outcomes for our lives. It helps us to live right and avoid things that will bring us down. He states, “work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.” (Proverbs12:24) If you ever want to make something of yourself, then you are going to have to be diligent and work hard. Not
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