Idleness is inactivity. When you are idle, you do nothing and you are not sleeping either. Rest is not equivalent to idleness.
When you are idle, your thoughts wander everywhere without direction and the devil will try to use it. You see, the devil is very active in leading you to sin and killing your productivity.
Can lying on sofa and watching Netflix be considered as rest? No. It gives you a false sense of rest, but makes you even more tired. This sort of activities does not refresh your soul or body. It will only drain you and keep your mind engaged in unnecessary thoughts.
As Christians, we are called to glorify God in everything. Does your entertainment glorify God? Will you watch what you watch on TV if today is the last day of your life?
Some of us consider vain chatter and gossip as relaxation techniques. This is not true. It is good to have nice conversations with friends and families as a means of refreshment and relationship building, but that is not the same as vain chatter and gossip. Vain talks and gossips have no good purpose and do not glorify God.
What talks can you avoid during your break time in office or college? Do you get involved in gossips and rumors?
Lazy people always find reasons to justify their laziness. Rest cannot be used as an excuse for laziness. Work and rest are God’s idea. Rest glorifies God, as it proves your dependence on Him for all your needs and wants. Rest acknowledges that God is in control and gives Him the glory. This is not the same as laziness. Laziness can be defined as unwillingness to act or do what God wants you to do.
Proverbs 14:23-In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury.
Proverbs 21:25-The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
Proverbs 23:21-For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
Proverbs 20:13-Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Proverbs 26:13-16-The slothful [man] saith, [There is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets.(Read More...)
Proverbs 13:4-The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Proverbs 20:4-The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; [therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.
Proverbs 19:15-Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Ecclesiastes 4:5-The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
Ezekiel 16:49-Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Matthew 10:38-And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
God is the one carrying us through the journey of life. We need not carry the burdens of worry, fear, anxiety and fear. We can do our best with God’s help, cast our cares and burdens over Him and relax. We must leave the results to Him who is in control of everything.
We can rest by spending quiet time with God. Just sitting in His presence and listening to what He speaks to your soul and admiring His works can be one of the best refreshments you can have.
Resting in God means trusting that God knows what is best for you and believing that He would work all things for your good. Trust is the opposite of fear. Resting is trusting in God’s power.
7The LORD of hostsiswith us; the God of Jacobisour refuge. Selah.8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.10Be still, and know that IamGod: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.11The LORD of hostsiswith us; the God of Jacobisour refuge. Selah.