Proverbs 12:26-27 “The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. The lazy person does not roast his prey, but personal possessions are precious to the diligent.”
Who we choose as friends is vital. Those closest to us have a profound influence on our lives. While we certainly should try to reach out to the unrighteous, we should make sure that we surround ourselves with and listen to godly people, otherwise we can be led astray. Led astray to sin. Led astray in our spiritual understanding. Paul reminds us of this reality:
Galatians 2:11-14 “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews [Jewish believers] acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, ‘If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?'”
Laziness can lead to hunger. If we don’t work, we won’t have! We won’t have food. We won’t have possessions. We won’t have a home. Those things come from industry.