Laziness: The Mother of Other Sins (Z.T. Fomum)
Laziness is a sin. The problem with it is that it is a sin that is difficult to commit and stop there. It is always committed with other sins that are a part of the packet. David was idling at home instead of being at the battle front. In his idleness he committed the following sins:
There is a proverb that says, “Satan finds work for idle hands.” He really found work for David. He will find work for all lazy people. He will also find work for those hard- working people who take time off hard work to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of the sin of laziness for a moment.
Laziness also leads its captives to commit the sin of jealousy. Because the lazy per- son will end up having less and less spiritually and materially, because he is often trapped into the sin of comparison, he always ends up committing the sin of jealousy. He will look at the progress of the one who has worked hard, and jealousy will well up in his heart, a jealousy that could eat him and others. Cain murdered Abel out of jealousy.
Laziness will also open the door for the sin of lying. A person who is lazy has to give one excuse after another in order to explain the fact that he has not done as well as he ought to have done. Most of these explanations are lies. So he ends up committing the deadly sin of lying, which the Bible says all who commit, will go to hell (Revelation 21:8).
Laziness may lead to theft. When the lazy person has failed to have what he needs, he may steal to have his needs met. He may steal in false declaration of taxes; in using the money given him for others or for the Lord’s work, and so forth.
Laziness may lead to divorce. The Lord hates divorce, but many a marriage in which the man is lazy often ends up in divorce, because the husband is unable to meet the needs of his family.
Laziness often leads to drunkenness. The lazy person, while searching for some- thing to occupy his time, often becomes a victim of alcohol and perhaps drugs; for he seeks solace in these, and each is forbidden by the Lord.
Laziness may lead to stubbornness. The lazy person is often plagued with an inferiority complex because of his needs and wants. Often, this inferiority is manifested in him in the form of stubbornness. Even when he recognizes that he is wrong and should accept counsel, he will not have it for fear that he may be further despised. He, therefore, tries to prove tough. He tries to prove that he is in control and finally becomes the person of whom the Bible says:
“The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer discreetly” (Proverbs 26:16).
Laziness may lead to the sin of anger. The children of lazy people often resemble their parents by becoming lazy. A lazy father often hates laziness in his children, but he forgets that their laziness is an extension of his own laziness.
Laziness may lead to the sin of pride. Often a lazy person covers his failure and purposelessness by becoming very haughty and proud. He may be nothing, but he is so taken up with conceit that he may become totally unapproachable. It is a matter of fact that the devil can get a man to boast about that for which he ought to be utterly ashamed. So, often, the lazy person is proud, filled with himself. We could go on and on, but l believe we have made the point that laziness will lead to disaster. It is the mother of a multitude of sins. It goes without question that anyone who does not want to commit this catalogue of sins will separate himself, at any cost, from laziness.