Proverbs 24:30 -34 I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
This proverb speaks of a man entrusted with a sphere of potential and yet where he could have seen amazing harvest and productivity, his apathy produced in its place thorns and thistles. This proverb is a provocation for every believer to look again at the sphere of life they too have been entrusted with. Are we taking the potential within our fields of marriage, family, business and making the ground bring forth all it potentially holds?
Often times we can live a life that spends more time aware of other’s great productivity and therefore somehow lessen the value of our own productivity. However, God looks at every life with the same grace and favor. He is for you just as much as He is for the person whose life is “flourishing”. The challenge we therefore face is not on God’s side, but ours. What if today you owned the zone you have been entrusted with, grabbed a hold of the tools you already have and started planting a different crop?
What if you examined the seeds of your confession and challenged the climate of your attitude?
What if you believed that God can turn even the most desolate of places into a place of fruitfulness?
Let’s not allow apathy to put our spirit to sleep but instead let the truth of God’s word and the power of His presence equip us to not just own our zone but to grow our zone.
Maybe by asking yourself a few questions you can begin to answer your own problem.
What do you expect to grow in and through your life?
Expectation is key. We must believe for the things we want to see in our world. Abraham faced the fact his body was worn out but then he applied faith. We can face the facts of our situation but then we must apply the faith factor and set up some expectations, for it is what we are expecting that will shape what we are preparing and God wants you to prepare to grow.
What lack is currently intimidating you?
We can all resign or relax our efforts in the face of intimidating circumstances. Too often we allow our needs, to devalue our seed. But if we cannot face lack then we fail to remove it. We cannot allow lack to filter our vision nor let the negativity ground us when God wants to grow us. God’s advice to the barren woman was “sing” in Isaiah 54 because He didn’t want lack to be the proclamation of her life. Remember, in the less than, we look to our God who is more than.
Where today can you replace apathy with action?
Don’t be overwhelmed by the much that may need to be done instead focus on a step you can take today. Maybe where you have stopped praying you can reawaken, or where you have quit sowing you can plant new seed. Wherever apathy has crept in today, it’s time to move it out and let actions replace apathy and persistence replace passivity.
Let your life become more reflective today of God’s turn-around ability and turn your fields into places of flourishing.
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