Today’s Scripture: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10

I enjoy reading history. There is a man that I particularly enjoy reading about: Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. At one point in his life, Theodore was the colonel of a rather odd cavalry, the “1st United States Volunteer Cavalry.”1 It was composed of college athletes, lawmen, cowboys, ranchers, miners, and outdoorsmen. This cavalry would be nicknamed “The Rough Riders.”

Roosevelt hastily got his men to Santiago, Cuba in June of 1898. They had to leave so quickly that they left their horses behind. Roosevelt led his dismounted Rough Riders in a dramatic charge up the very steep Kettle Hill. He rallied the troops to the top of the hill, and they would win the battle which ended up being crucial to winning the Spanish-American War.

None of us would look at Roosevelt, or any of those Rough Riders, as lazy. I like people who work hard. If someone is on my staff, I don’t want to have to look over their shoulder and make sure their job is getting done.

That being said, what does God think about laziness? What does God think about our work ethics and work habits? Is it a big deal? The Bible has a lot to say about being studious. We ought to get it done with or without “the horse.” You may not feel like you are well equipped, but hard work makes up a lot of slack.

I encourage you to do a little research on what the Bible has to say about working hard. In today’s text, it says that you should not eat if you don’t work. God is serious about laziness. We may tend to think it is a little sin, but God says otherwise.

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Timothy 5:8

God hates laziness!


Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.