Is Taking Time to Worship God a Sign of Laziness? (1/31)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Exodus 4-6.

There are many people today who cannot seem to take time away from their busy schedules to worship God or assemble with the saints. If there is work to be done, that takes priority in the minds of many. Pharaoh exhibited a similar attitude when he was first told to let the Israelites leave Egypt to go out into the wilderness to sacrifice to the Lord (Exodus 5:1). He gave the following instructions to their taskmasters:

But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words” (Exodus 5:8-9).

God’s people are certainly to be hard workers (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23). But serving the Lord must always come first (Matthew 6:33).

One of Pharaoh’s phrases is particularly interesting: “Let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.” He is, of course, wrong about the words of God through Moses being false. But he correctly describes what happens when people make a habitual practice of forsaking worship for work – they “pay no attention” to spiritual instruction and wisdom. As the Hebrew writer warns, they “drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1).

Let us keep work in its proper place – important, but always secondary to our obligations to the Lord. This is not laziness. This is righteousness.

Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 7-9

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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