Scripture: Proverbs 20 (focus on 4)
Observation: We have to be willing to work hard in the right seasons if we hope to reap any benefits.
Application: I have an amazing ability to bust out work when I’m on a tight deadline or a time crunch. Just yesterday, I promised my family I’d be home for dinner by 6 p.m. so between the “time crunch” hours of 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., I answered more emails and tied up more loose ends than I had all day long. It’s amazing what we can do when we’re motivated (and also get off Facebook and Instagram).
But those other times when we’re not so motivated? Those early morning hours before coffee? Between the dreaded hours of 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.? Those seasons that are complicated or hard or frustrating? We’re so tempted to give it less than our best.
That’s the danger that the writer of Proverbs warns us about:
“Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.” (v. 4)
Or, as the CEV puts it:
“If you are too lazy to plow, don’t expect a harvest.”
If we’re not willing to put in the work, we can’t expect the reward.
Are you willing to plow in the right season for the promise of the harvest? Are you willing to do the long, hard work of hard conversations, uncovering and digging up things you’d rather ignore, leaning in instead of checking out – all because the reward is worth the investment in the end?
Prayer: God, I pray for the discipline and perseverance to work hard even during the hardest seasons. Help me stay focused on what you have for me without giving up. Amen.