An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Farmer Talk

(Proverbs 13:23 KJV)  Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

The potential for nourishment is in the “tillage” (fallow ground NASB) (5215b).  This is a term that may pass over the heads of us non-farm people.  One of the issues of farming is the possibility of wearing out the soil.  Think of the soil as a portfolio of all your assets.  It contains all of the resources needed to produce and allow people to thrive.  What happens in your life if you are always withdrawing and never depositing?  What happens if you live on your principle instead of your interest?  There comes a day when you go bankrupt.  The same is true of the soil. 

One way that soil is renewed is by allowing it to rest.  Give it a year to not produce crops.  It will pull nitrogen from the air.  Mysterious processes will take place that renew it.  Sometimes you need to let things take a rest.  Don’t take that route.  There is a better way to renew the soil.

Change what grows.  You can renew the soil by planting something different that restores what has been removed.  I understand that crops like peanuts will restore what the corn or cotton takes out.  Apply that to your spiritual life.  That is one of the reasons why the Bible has so many different books.  It gives us a variety so that when we come back to the book or Romans it is fresh and new to us.

So?  I am focusing on Proverbs in this blog.  If that is all you read, maybe it is time to go to one of the gospels.  Allow the Holy Spirit to make fresh something you thought you had down pat. 


buddeshepherd said...

Sometimes the soil just gets "tired"

Pumice said...

You would know a lot more about this than I would. It is hard for a city boy to understand but it is pretty clear. At times I feel like over-farmed soil.

Grace and peace.