The misuse and squandering of resources. God condemns the waste of resources which he provides, especially spiritual provisions such as grace and opportunity. Sometimes extravagance in God’s service is mistaken for waste.
Waste of material resources
Jesus Christ avoids waste Jn 6:12-13
Spiritual resources should not be wasted
Examples of wasted lives
Samson Jdg 16:18-21 Though Samson did retrieve something at the end of his life, his spiritual gift of supernatural strength was largely wasted through his indulgence in sexual immorality.
King Saul 1Sa 16:21; 2Sa 1:17-27 Through natural strength and spiritual gifts Saul had the prospect of establishing a successful royal dynasty. The future was lost through disobedience and the end of his reign was wasted through jealousy.
Judas Iscariot Mt 27:3-5 Judas had the best of opportunities—three years with Jesus Christ. This was thrown away in a moment of personal ambition.
Devotion to God is not waste
Waste as the destruction of life and land