Proverbs 20:4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
Just a few weeks ago we experienced a winter storm that brought our temperature to unseasonable lows. Here in the Deep South we aren’t accustomed to or prepared for that type of weather with its ice, sleet and snow. Basically my whole state shut down for a few days and everybody stayed inside trying to keep warm.
So I have a fresh understand of why someone wouldn’t want to plow in winter. It’s a very uncomfortable time to be outside. But there are benefits to winter plowing. It’s very helpful for the elimination of weeds, disease organisms and insects. So if the farmer will push through the discomfort of the weather, he will see the removal of the things that are impairing the fruitfulness and health of his crop.
What an important lesson for us to learn.
Don’t you find that you go through seasons when you would rather be comfortable than laboring in kingdom things? Maybe your prayer life gets neglected at times. We have to admit that there are seasons of life when these things are more difficult, but that could be the exact time that the soil of our heart is being turned over and made ready for exceptional fruitfulness.
We will harvest tomorrow what we planted yesterday. A season of spiritual complacency affects future seasons. A bountiful spring isn’t likely if there has been no plowing in the winter.
Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back.