– loitering :
1. to linger aimlessly or as if aimless in or about a place.
2. to move in a slow, idle manner, making purposeless stops in the course of a trip, journey, errand, etc.
3. to waste time or dawdle over work.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
– Proverbs 27:12
All over the world, cities are increasing in wickedness. It is becoming more and more evident that those who remain in them unnecessarily do so at the peril of their soul’s salvation. On every hand are the sights and sounds of evil. Everywhere are enticements to sensuality and dissipation. The tide of corruption and crime is continually swelling. Every day brings the record of violence, –abuse, murders, suicides, and crimes unnamable.It seems like more than ever, life itself is more false and artificial. The intense passion for making money. The whirl of excitement and pleasure-seeking. The thirst for display. The luxury and extravagance. All these are forces that are turning the mind from life’s true purpose. They are opening the door to a thousand evils.
Before we are relieved of such perilous conditions here on earth, the Lord calls upon us to prepare ourselves and to extend help to others.
The angels of mercy hurried Lot and his wife and daughters by taking hold of their hands. Had Lot hastened as the Lord desired him to, his wife would not have become a pillar of salt. Lot had too much of a lingering spirit. Let us not be like him. The same voice that warned Lot to leave Sodom, bids us, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, . . . and touch not the unclean.” Those who obey this warning will find a refuge. Let everyone be wide awake for themselves. Let us gird ourselves for the work. God will reveal from point to point what to do next.
Lot trod the plain with unwilling and tardy steps. He had so long associated with evil workers that he could not see his peril until his wife stood on the plain a pillar of salt forever.
We have been given a Great Commission. We are currently in the intermission between God’s accomplishment of redemption and His return to consummate His blessings. However, this intermission is not a time for loitering in the lobby as consumers. This is a time for urgent action. A time of activity. A time of loving and serving those that we come in contact with.
In society, loitering is a crime. Businesses post multiple signs to deter people from idly taking up space. Once one stops to waste time there, others stop to dawdle as well. If we do not develop a sense of urgency or a drive to work, we become spiritual loiterers. Sooner or later, our lackadaisical spirit begins to influence others around us until there are no workers…only bystanders.Luke 6:46 says, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do the things which I say?”
Lord, let me not be just a hearer of the Word…but a doer.