A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
Whose fault will it be if someone dies in starvation amidst plenty of food? Or who is to blame when poverty is experienced right in the midst of surplus? Solomon in this proverb uses a sarcastic hyperbole to ridicule the sluggards. Not only are they lazy to prepare food, but have become incapacitated also to feed themselves: Probably waiting for someone else to feed them.
When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they had all the food on trees but they had to feed themselves. When Manna fell from Heaven the Israelites had to get it for themselves. It will not be anyone or God’s fault if Adam or the Israelite refuses to do their bits.
Another reason (following from Take-A-Bite part one) someone may be categorized as a “sluggard” who will not bring his hand to his mouth is when a person begins to savor other people’s food, hereby detesting what they have in their own plate. These set of people always believe that what they have is not good enough. To them the grass is always greener on the other side. They are so distracted by other people’s success that they forget about their own opportunities- they eventually get jealous and resentful.
James 3:16 – For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
The servant who received one talent in the parable of the talent got so frustrated because of what the master gave to his other colleagues: he became so hysterical, that he buried his “food”!- He was tagged “wicked”.
Decide today to be grateful for the opportunities that surround you. Thank God for other people but focus on the opportunities that God has placed in front of you. Serve your current (maybe small) clients/customers as though they were a million customers, present and preach to your twenty-member church audience as if you are preaching to a million people, stop comparing yourself to others who seem to have get ahead of you, fine-tune you proposals as if you were submitting it to Microsoft or Apple. Remember much will be given to only those that are faithful with little.
There is nothing like small opportunities, only lost opportunities exist.
Stop looking at your meal as small: Take a bite!
Prayer: Holy Spirit Give to me a Spirit of gratitude. Help me to strive daily to become better and better on my life’s assignment.
You will Succeed!