Ecclesiastes 11:6 “Let not your hands be idle.”

Within the Bible we find many warnings about being idle…instructing us against laziness.  Even Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, was so concerned about idleness, he gave them a rule to live by, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (II Thessalonians 3:10)  And so we work.  But Satan looked at this and said to himself, “How can I use this for my benefit?  I know, I’ll swing the pendulum so far from idleness, that busyness will become the virtue.  I’ll load people down with guilt if they’re not doing something every minute of the day.  And as they allow themselves to become more and more busy,  they’ll start to neglect their family…their health…and their God.  And so, at the end of the day they’ll find themselves exhausted, apologetic, and just a little farther away from their Lord…which is just where I want them to be.”

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