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GOD’S WORD FOR SEPTEMBER 14 ~ ~ John 9:4~ ~ “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.”

Proverbs 19:15 ~ ~ “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”

If you’ve watched Ice Age, you know Sid, the sloth. Actually, he wasn’t very far from the real thing. (in an animated sort of way)

The real three-toed sloth rarely moves, spending about 18 hours a day sleeping upside down in a tree. When it does bother to move, it is in ultra-slow motion. It is not unusual for the three-toed sloth to take 30 seconds to shift one leg a few inches.

They’re as slow on the inside as they are on the outside. While they’re hanging around in trees, they live on the juicy leaves and fruit all around them, so they don’t need extra water. Their favority is the leaves of the Cecropia tree. But, due to their slow speed, it takes up to 30 days to digest a leaf!!!!!

Now, that’s some slow churning!!!!

The three-toed sloth doesn’t do well on the ground because he can’t walk or even crawl. If he is placed on the ground, he v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y pulls himself along on his belly to a tree. However, sloths hang effortlessly in the trees even when asleep. Their grasp of the tree is so solid that they continue to hang in the trees even after they have died.

Even though sloths are hunted for food by the South American Indians, the three-toed sloth is the most abundant tree-dwelling mammal in South America’s forests. That’s surprising, because they must be very easy to hunt down—–s-l-o-w-l-y.

I wonder if the word for laziness in people was named for this little animal, or if Adam had lazy people in mind when he named the first lazy little guy in the garden? We’ll never know, but, either way, there are 12 references about slothfulness in the Book of Proverbs alone.

At first thought, the sloth doesn’t appear to be of much value in the ecosystem. A lot like we think of ourselves at times. But, we know that the Lord of the Universe doesn’t make mistakes, nor does He make anything nor anyone that is useless, or of no value. Each day, after everything He created, He said was good—-except mankind—-after that day, He said it was VERY good. He loves each of us with an everlasting love.

He suffered and died for each of us. and no matter how we are, He still loves us every minute of every day of our lives here, and still will for eternity!!!!!

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying, Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you.

Psalm 18:35~ “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your right hand upholds me;
And Your gentleness makes me great.”

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