For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. Proverbs 1:32

Complacency (1. Webster’s Dictionary 2.

1: self satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.

2. a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.

All of the examples I find in the bible seem to show that prosperity is the reason for complacency. The more we have the more arrogant, prideful, indifferent, greedy and forgetful we become. The scriptures below show several examples of complacency.

We should all take some inventory and we should all have concern for each other and for the church world wide. Sometimes we focus so much on God’s love and mercy that we forget to remember his wrath and anger. Can we be in danger of loving ourselves/others into hell? Can the Word be distorted to the point that we no longer recognize sin, and if we are aware of sin have we become afraid to deal with it for fear people may quit attending? If we ignore sin in our life or in another believer’s life, will it go away and will God ignore it too? I think we all understand the answer to that question is “NO”.

Deut 8:10-15 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.  Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Deut 31:20-21 When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their forefathers, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant. And when many disasters and difficulties come upon them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.”

Deut 32:15 Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior.

Jer 5:7-9 “Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes. They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife.  Should I not punish them for this?” declares the Lord. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?

Hos 13:6-8 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.  So I will come upon them like a lion, like a leopard I will lurk by the path.  Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open. Like a lion I will devour them; a wild animal will tear them apart.

2 Chron 12:1-2 After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord.

2 Chron 26:16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom 6:1

2 comments for “Complacency

  1. October 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    And all this time I’ve been enjoying my complacency, I thought it was the result of apathy. Now you tell me it’s because I have too much? My complacency has been replaced with depression!

    You make me laugh 🙂 Perhaps I should have clarified that when our prosperity becomes our priority. It’s that 20/20 hindsite.

  2. October 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Complacency might be one of the worst problems we face. While wrapped up in not doing the things that are sinful, its easy, very easy, to overlook the sin of doing nothing. I’m persuaded that James 4:17 might indict more than any sin of commission.

    Good stuff to think about Janice!

    Thanks Doug, I agree with you on James 4:17 too.

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