August 20, 2021 – Friday
Proverbs 20:4, 13 NIV
4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
The two verses above although separated by eleven verses really do go together. Both are plain, practical common sense, intended to inculcate the lesson that men should diligently seize the opportunity whilst it is theirs. The sluggard is one of the pet aversions of the Book of Proverbs and further, present conduct determines future conditions (MacLaren’s Expositions on verse 4).
This, present conduct determines future conditions, is such an obvious truth one wonders why it is presented in Proverbs in these two verses. Surely, we know if we do not plow in season and plant in season, there will be not harvest when harvest season rolls around. It is the same for sleep. Seek out more and more sleep, you will become a lazy sluggard and you will not plow, you will not plant, and you will not have foot at harvest time.
All of this applies to much more than plowing, planting, harvesting, and having plenty of food. When should one begin developing habits to carry on through life? When? The sooner the better. Get used to doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Give up some sleep to get the job done and done right. Such habits carry life long rewards.
No, this does not only apply to work. Think about your prayer time. Then stop thinking about it and do it. Do it until it becomes second nature to spend time in prayer. A few minutes – or more – before going to sleep can result in great rewards as you seek God and His will in your life. First there is peace from having a relationship with Him with brings about truly restful sleep. Then there is the reward of knowing Him and His desires for your life. Then He is no longer the last result in time of trouble, but the constant no matter what is going on in your life. What a tremendous reward that is.
Take it a step further and spend time in His word – studying His word, thinking on His word, memorizing His word, taking pleasure in His word as it becomes more and more understandable and part of your life. When is the season for this? When to start plowing and planting and harvesting in His word (or in prayer)? Today. It is never too late to begin. But begin today. Don’t put it off until tomorrow, which is a form of laziness or of sleeping as you choose anything other than Him. You may never get around to Him and plowing, planting, harvesting, and being awake to great rewards. Your choice, as usual. Choose well.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for always encouraging us to make good decisions with our time. Help us and especially me to avoid being a sluggard and spending too much time in sleep instead of time with You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton