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Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop


What does idle hands are the devil’s workshop mean?

Look at your life right now. Are you being productive with the free time that you have or are you using it to sin? We must all be careful with our free time. Satan loves to find things for people to do. People use this phrase mostly for teens, but this term can be used for anyone. The fact of the matter is if you have too much time on your hands you can easily be led astray and start living in sin. If you’re doing something productive you won’t have time to sin. In your free time what are you doing? Are you being sloth? Are you getting into mischief and worry about the next person or are you finding ways to be productive for God. This phrase is good for Christians who are retired or thinking about retirement. God did not allow you to live long so you can have idle hands and become comfortable. Use the free time he has given you to serve Him.


We always hear about young children and teenagers getting into trouble for stupidity. Here are examples.

1. A group of kids have nothing to do so they buy eggs to throw at cars for fun. (When I was younger me and my friends used to do this all the time).

2. A group of thugs are at home, being lazy, and smoking weed. They need quick money so they plot a robbery.

3. A group of friends are bored so they all get into a car and take turns smashing mailboxes in their neighborhood.

4. Underage drinking seems more fun than finding a job for a gang of slothful 16 year olds.


Bible verses about idol hands are the devil’s playground.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

1 Timothy 5:11-13 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge. At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

Proverbs 10:4-5 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is negligent in his work is brother to him that is the great spendthrift.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of idle hands the house leaks.


We see two things when we read these passage. Not working will cause you to go hungry and it will cause you to commit sin. In this case the sin is gossip.


I’m not saying you are to start overworking yourself, but you must always be using your time wisely.

Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

John 17:4 I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

Psalm 90:12 Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise.



1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.


Do you remember this passage?

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Loving money is the root to all evil and idleness is the root of mischief.


  • If you don’t have a job, then stop being a sluggard and start finding a job.
  • Instead of watching sinful movies and playing sinful video games all day, go do something productive.
  • How can you be idle when there are many people who are dying every minute without knowing the Lord?
  • If you’re not saved or if you don’t know please click on the link at the top of the page, it is extremely important.


Sin originates in the mind. Who would you rather work for God or Satan? 

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