(Proverbs 13:23 KJV) Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
One of the definitions of “tillage” (fallow ground NASB) (5215b) is simply untilled. That means areas that have not been prepared for planting.
Solomon is not writing a manual on farming techniques. He is looking at spiritual and life issues. The people involved here are the poor. We are looking at a comment about the poor. They are lacking in what life has to offer and yet we are told there is “abundant” (7230) potential. This is a Biblical view of the nature of man. We are created in God’s image. Each of us has a world of potential. Often it is not used.
The apostle Paul talked about spiritual gifts. He seems to say that each of us has a spiritual gift. How often are those spiritual gifts not used. How much does society suffer from that? How weak is the church because of that? How pointless does your life seem because of that?
So? God has given you hidden resources. Find out your spiritual gift and put it to work. Maybe you will find that you are not spiritually poor any more and you will become an asset to those around you.