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The Young Idler, And An Old Begger

Key Verse

“Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” Proverbs 19:15

Text — Proverbs 19: 13- 17


Dunney called the attention of his father saying “Daddy, that old man you have just greeted looked tired and hungry.” “That was my friend. He was not hardworking when we were young. All the efforts of his father to make him go to school or learn a trade failed. He was going about the places boasting that one-day God will just do it and he will become the richest person among all of us. Now he has no good shelter neither can he afford good meals” Said Dunney’s father. “That is a serious lesson to all children”, he concluded. What you do now prepares you for a rewarding or regretful future.

Our topic simply means that anyone who does not work hard when he is young, will become a beggar in his old age. God hates slothfulness or idleness; He loves hard work. He worked hard to create this beautiful world we are living in. He is still working even now, supervising the affairs of this whole world. It is only what you lay your hands on that God will bless. He does not bless idle hands. You must do more work and have less pleasure now that you are young. Later in life, you will have more pleasure and suffer no hunger when you are old.

Further Reading

Romans 12:8-11

Prayer for today

Lord, teach me to work hard now that I have the strength so that I can rest in my old age.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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