Devotions with Luther: Becoming Lazy

 

Devotions with Luther: Becoming Lazy

… prove that you’re working hard so that you will remain confident until the end. Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are receiving the promises …
Hebrews 6:11-12 GW

SIT AT THE FEET OF MARTIN LUTHER

God’s blessings don’t come to those who are sleepy and lazy. Solomon didn’t mean to prohibit work when he said, “The LORD gives food to those he loves while they sleep” (Psalm 127:2). He wanted to say that we should have peaceful, rested consciences.

Work shouldn’t disturb the restful sleep God gives to those who have faith and confidence in him. We should have peace of mind and clear consciences.

Christ says, “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow … Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). Don’t create your own unhappiness. Sleep well, and don’t ask, “What are we going to eat? ... What are we going to drink?” (Matthew 6:31).

I don’t mean people should be lazy loafers. They should work. God doesn’t give his blessings to those who are lazy and lie around snoring. He wants our corrupt natures to be controlled and killed. As Paul says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).

Although it’s God’s blessing that brings us what we need, not our work, God still wants us to do our duty and work diligently at the jobs we are called to do. That way we’ll get our exercise so that we don’t become lazy.

As a non-Christian poet once said, “By nature all people would prefer not to work and would like to-do what they want.” We can’t give in to loafing and laziness. Instead, we should work diligently and faithfully to do what is required of us. Even in times of hardship, exhausting work, and persecution, we should wait cheerfully for the Lord’s blessing.

This devotion is from “By Faith Alone: 365 Devotional Readings by Martin Luther.”

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