Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.” “A stitch in time saves nine.” “Make hay while the sun shines.” What do all these statements have in common? They all instruct us to be diligent with our time and treasures. Using what God has given us to the absolute best of our ability.
In today’s verses Solomon says he went by the field of the slothful and the vineyard of the man void of understanding. Simply put, he visited a place where the owner was either lazy, or an extremely poor manager of his time and treasures. What did he see? He saw a place that was not taken care of. It was a place broken down and falling to pieces because of lack of attention by the occupant. Does it say he saw the man, NO! Did he observe him being lazy, NO! So how does he know he is slothful and lacks understanding? He drew his conclusion based on the evidence of what this person’s life had produced.
When we as Christians are not good stewards of what God has entrusted to us, the world not only looks at us in a negative way, but our poor stewardship also reflects on our God. The Bible, in identifying believers says, “Ye shall know them by their fruit.” The world thinks so too. They will not care what we say if it does not match how we live.
This can also be applied to our life in general. Our outward living should display an inward change. If the outside does not match the inside, then something is wrong.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
What do people see when they look at us? Is the life we live filled with the sinful weeds of the world? Are there unkempt walls of resistance to sin? Or do they see Jesus in us? What they see in us reflects on the image of our God. The bible says in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Mark 10 – 13 / Proverbs 24:30-34
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Isa. 37-39 / Col. 1
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