Well, I started the year out doing the 12 Week Self Improvement Program and everything was going along great. I had started working on a bible course I had put away when my mother died last year, I was dieting, losing weight, drinking more water, exercising, cleaning out closets and drawers. I had even ripped up all the carpet in my house (not single handed), painted all the walls and was doing major redecorating. Then, right in the middle of everything, I got sick. When I finally got better, finished the redecorating and put everything back where it belonged it was May. I kept thinking I would pick back up on the Program and the bible course where I stopped when I got sick but I kept putting it off. Then I woke up this morning and realized the year is half over already! It's so easy to let a short break stretch into weeks or even months.

2 Samuel 11:1-5
"1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, F54 the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child."

Judges 16:13, 15-17, 21
"13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. 15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man. 21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house."

In Second Samuel we read about David seeing Bathsheba bathing on her roof. He then has her brought to him and gets her pregnant even though she is married and her husband is a soldier. David then has Bathsheba's husband put on the front line of battle and has the rest of the troop withdraw and leave him there to be killed. David was supposed to be with the rest of his men, fighting. He was sitting idly at home.

How true is the saying: Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools!

In Judges 16 we read about Samson living idly with a woman named Delilah who obviously did not love him for she betrayed him for eleven-hundred pieces of silver. He wound up losing his sight, his freedom and his life. Idle living sometimes has greater consequences than we are able to foresee.

Have you ever put off cleaning only to have company arrive the next day. "Oh, if only I hadn't procrastinated yesterday! Maybe procrastinating isn't a problem for you but it is one of my weakest points. "Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow!" I'm not quite that bad but I could be if I wasn't aware of my problem. I'm really bad to think, "I'll do it later, I have plenty of time." But we don't have plenty of time. The thing is, if we aren't doing something we're doing nothing! If we aren't going somewhere we're going nowhere! When we are doing nothing and going nowhere we are idle and that is exactly the way Satan likes to find us. That's when he is best able to tempt us. It's ok to rest between "jobs" ... even God rested after He created the earth and Jesus went away to be alone for awhile. But we have to get back in the race eventually or we could allow Satan to lead us into temptation as David and Samson did.


Many people live their lives through to the end and never learn the difference between rest and idleness. They either live their life without purpose, avoiding work or they are a workaholic, having a compulsive and unrelenting need to work all the time. It's important for us to take frequent rest periods so we don't burn out, or become so exhausted we have no desire to work. But it's also important for us not to become idle and live our lives without purpose. There is a delicate balance to be maintained and my prayer for you this week is that you would be able to find that balance in your life! The year is half over. Maybe it's time to take another look at those New Year Resolutions you tossed aside in February!




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