Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
As I read this passage, I tend to believe this is one of those multi purpose passages. Takin at face value, this seems to be a call to the sluggards. The lazy. Kinda like those around us who expect their stuff to be paid for but don’t want to work for it. The author is saying here, “ work or go hungry “. That’s the old school oilfield mentality. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. You can chose to take a day off here or there or take a vacation, but you do that on your own dime.
This passage could also work into our marriages. Think about when you met your spouse. You tried hard to win their attention. You worked to impress them. You worked to get to know them so you could please them. Now, the marriage is no different. Just because you said “ I do” does not mean that you get to retire. Your marriage still takes work. And a lot of that work is communication and understanding and patience.
One more avenue for this particular passage. Our spiritual lives. What would a Christian look like if they felt the tug of God and responded at church one day. They went to the front and the preacher said “welcome to the family son!” ( note...LABC does not operate in this way. It’s an example) and the man never opened his bible or sat in church or had any spiritual conversation again. 20 years later, the man would be no more a mature Christian than the day he walked down the aisle at church. We are to work on our spiritual lives. To grow in God. The more we work the spiritual field in our life, the more the harvest will be. We need to spend time reading His word and finding out what exactly he wants from us. We need to be spending time in prayer, fellowshipping with God. We need to find ways to talk about him to others. Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us that whatever our hand finds to do, do with all your might and God has called us to serve him. So serve him with all your might.
This passage can easily fit into a ton of areas in our life. The idea is though, we are not called to be lazy. Life is hard. Life is messy. But we have to buck up and work things out and do it for the glory of God.