Proverbs 19:24 (ESV) “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.”

God wants us to see laziness for what it is: reasonable desire with no effort to accomplish what is desired. In fact, the lack of action is viewed as ridiculous. You see the food, you even might reach towards it, but you do nothing after that. There is no follow-through. There is no real effort to work to accomplish something that will benefit even yourself.

I like what this writer had to say:

“Those who have just read this might be thinking, ‘Well why didn’t God just say that the lazy man has plans, but he won’t work to see them happen?’ Because that would not catch our attention. If someone says that – people will ignore him – especially those who are lazy and undisciplined. The sluggard won’t even pay attention to that statement. The genius therefore of the Scriptures is that they paint us a picture that catches our attention. To see a sluggard dreaming the hours away without working is . . . well, it’s kind of boring. But to see a hungry man with his hand buried in a dish of food. To see that man leave it there, unwilling to even bring it up to his mouth so he can eat . . . well, that’s weird! That catches our attention – and makes us think.”