Proverbs 20:4: “The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.”
It is so easy for us to “go with” the seasons of our lives. If want to reap a harvest in our lives; however, we have to put in the work. When we stop trying or become less diligent, our harvest will not be what we hoped for… or it may be nothing. God tells us that we reap what we sow.
Today is our 14th anniversary, and Donnie and I have certainly gone through many seasons during those years. Here is a lesson we have learned that applies to the scripture today. If it is a time of winter in our marriage, we have to think about the harvest we desire. The winter is the time to till, plow, sow, fertilize, nurture all the more. If we will sow life into our marriages, even during the winter months, we will reap a Great harvest!! If we give up or give in, our marriage will bear no fruit and may even end.
Likewise, when it is a time of winter in our spirits, that is the time to remain diligent. We must continue to plow through the Word, till up the soil with prayer and praise, and fertilize our spirits with the teachings of Godly men and women. If we give in to the feelings of the season, and become lazy, our harvest will not be what we hope. We will beg while others reap a harvest and we will have nothing. We can miss out on all the blessings God has in store for us. We will also neglect pouring the truth and hope of Jesus Christ into others around us that could bring them a harvest. People are counting on us.
We can use this principle for almost any season of winter in our lives and it will hold true. We all go through seasons of winter. We just need to continue to plow…the harvest is coming and oh, how sweet it will be!