“If you are too lazy to plow, don’t expect a harvest.” Proverbs 20:4
What does that mean?
Maybe it’s clear to you. It means if you are too lazy to try something, then don’t expect success. Some people have given up hope of completing something. They give up and they start to think they can’t do anything. Maybe they have tried before and failed.
What is failure? The definition of failure is; “Lack of success.” I saw this quote that says; “Failure is nothing more than a chance to revise your strategy.” People are afraid to fail. The feeling of failure is embarrassing and discouraging. When you’ve tried your hardest and everything you do just doesn’t seem to work out, it is very discouraging, but that doesn’t mean that it is the end. Just because you have failed before doesn’t mean you can’t try again. Failure is not forever.
Sometimes it just means that God is telling you to wait. Depending on what you are doing He could be saying “It’s not the right time” or “This is not part of my plan for you”.
Some people forget that when you’re trying to have success you need to rely on God. Pray with Him and wait for His Will to be done. Read the Bible and look for His answer. When you fail, give your grief and pain to God. He will take care of you.
Back to what the verse means, “If you are too lazy to plow,” to me that means, “If you are too lazy to go out and make a living, don’t expect to get anywhere, to have success or any kind of reward”. Have you ever dreamt about your future? The day you get married and start a family or the day you start your dream job. Well if you didn’t already know, it takes hard work and perseverance. You don’t just wake up one day and get offered your dream job or find the man you will marry the second you lay eyes upon him. Finding the right man to marry takes time to get to know him and think it over if he really is the right one and to pray about it. Getting your dream job takes hard work and schooling and/or training. There will always be a struggle in life, but trials are just a blessing in disguise (sometimes a very good disguise). Without a test, we would never learn anything or grow from the experience. In order to achieve a goal you’ve set for your self, you have to “plow your field”.
Another thing that I think of when I read this verse is, if God is telling you to do something, you should do it. James 2:14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have such faith, but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (NIV) To have faith is only one part of Christianity. God says that if you have faith “what good is it without deeds?” It’s like if you have a car with no wheels. What good is it? It can’t take you anywhere without the wheels! In the same way God is saying that’s how it is with faith and no deeds! It makes sense. If you have faith, what good is it if you don’t show it? How will anyone know God’s love for them if we don’t show it? If you didn’t know how much God loved you, would you be able to figure it out on your own? John 3:16 is a very popular verse that explains just how much God loves us and it says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” God gave his only Son to die on the cross for all of our sins, so that we wouldn’t have to die, but believe in him and have eternal life in heaven! What a gift! Can you imagine someone dying for you? What about someone taking the blame for you? Jesus not only took the blame of our sin, but he also paid the price, which is death. Jesus did die for you and all He asks in return is for you to accept His love. Do you know what the best part about this is? Jesus rose from the dead! He conquered death. 1 Corinthians 15:17, “And if Christ has not been raised from the dead, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” This verse is saying, that if Christ was not raised from the dead, then we would still be in sin and we would still have to pay the price of our sins. That’s why the Resurrection is so wonderful and amazing! It’s sad to think of people who haven’t accepted His gift. He paid the price for their sins, but because they chose not to believe in Him and have a relationship with Him, they have to live in punishment forever. God wants you to be free of punishment by accepting Him in your heart and living a life for Him. I never really fully grasped the whole meaning of this verse until I was older. I am still learning something new from it each day. There are so many people who do not know of what God has done for them and if we don’t show our faith by our deeds, they may never know. God commands us to love others just as He has loved us in, John 13: 34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” And He goes on to say in verse 35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” God is saying that others will not only feel His love when you love them, but other people will see your love and your faith!
Maybe you’ve felt like you don’t really have a calling or you don’t know where to start with “plowing your field”, I highly suggest praying and reading the Bible. That’s what I did. I also read a couple christian books that really helped open my eyes a little bit more. Another way that totally changed me and made my passion and relationship with God so much stronger, is by going to a christian conference. I went to Dare 2 Share with my church group and it was so great! It’s also a great way to practice sharing your faith. Even just going to youth group can have an effect on you! There is more than one way to grow your relationship with God and if you keep looking He will find a way to reach you!
All in all I hope that when you read this verse you will be inspired to make a relationship with God or if you have a relationship with Him already, to keep getting closer to Him. I also hope that you will be inspired to go on the path that God has made for you.
I would love if you let me know what sort of “plowing” you are doing, so I can pray for you!