Proverbs 24 verses 30-34; (The Message Bible) …”one day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a lout; they were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down. I took a long look and pondered what I saw; the fields preached me a sermon and I listened: ”A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy ~ do you know what comes next?
Just this: ”you can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!” Eugene Peterson
I can’t remember a day that the Bible verses and the farm sayings were not blended into a way of life. They went hand in hand. I can only thank the Mennonite and Amish community for setting the standards. There’s a verse in the Proverbs that says plant your crop before you build your barn. Does that sound somewhat out of order to you? When we think of farmers we automatically think they already have barns. Granted you buy a farm it will come with barns. However, to develop a new farm from scratch you have to clear the fields and grow a crop. You may not even have a proper house built. The pioneers of our time lived in their wagons until they got their land cleared and a crop in the ground. Many groups also practiced “barn raising.” I’ve seen with my own eyes a brotherhood and sisterhood from church built a barn in less than two days.
So what does the Proverbs 24 verses do for us today? What does our history tell us for today?
For me that scripture sets-forth a principle of how to live our daily life. ~ Get up and put your plow to the earth. This is not just for farmers it’s for everyone. If you find yourself making excuses about working, or serving, or taking care of your garden you have allowed the devil to deceive you. Excuses are not God products. If you don’t think you have anything to do call the hospital and ask about being a volunteer at the entrance desk. Call the church and see what you can do there. Remember this isn’t about money; it’s about being proactive in the kingdom.
If you’re young and are not working get a job. If you don’t think you can find a job call me; I’ll be glad to direct you into employment. That cell phone, or x-box or whatever it is you keep playing with all day won’t make you a dime.
Wake Up America ~ we built this country by working
I think I cleared this field in 1979.