Book: Proverbs 20
“Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.” Proverbs 20:4
In our garden, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are all starting to fruit. We have already harvested the carrots, raspberries and logan berries. Fresh fruit and vegetables out of ones own garden is always enjoyable. It is the reward of the work put in months earlier.
There were days back in February, March and April when the weather was unpleasant but the soil still had to be prepared for planting. The old raspberry and logan berry canes had to be cut out and seeds needed to be started inside the house. Some of that work was not enjoyable but had to be done if there was going to be a harvest. Back then it would have been easy to make excuses for not doing the work but today we are enjoying the fruit of our labor.
This proverb relates to so many aspects of ones life not just the physical growing of food. It can be applied to strengthening relationships with your spouse and children as well as to stepping out in faith into a new venture God has put on your heart. Of extreme importance is not being lazy in fearing the Lord and following His ways to deeper in relationship with Him. This takes energy and commitment on our part. The result is a harvest of incredible fruit!
As you choose today as the right season to fear the Lord and walk in His ways I pray Psalm 128 over you and your family:
How joyful are those who fear the LORD — all who follow his ways!
You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!
Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home.
Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.
That is the LORD’s blessing for those who fear him.
May the LORD continually bless you from Zion.
May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!