Proverbs 20: King James Bible
Beg in Harvest – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 4
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Beg in Harvest
Here we are again, in observance of the misadventures of the sluggard. The Father’s been showing us throughout the book of Proverbs, that there’s more than one way to skin this cat.
Needless to say, the Lord has had nothing good to say in reference to the sluggard, nor will he from here forward. This is true for several reasons, none the least of which, is due to the damages being that way causes the person, and how it can extend out affecting others.
Being sluggish in our ways is a blight upon us in the eyes of a very busy God. We were not created to be sluggish people. In a fallen world that requires for us to toil in various ways, there is no room for sluggishness without causing problems.
We can argue, that the reason above is a great one. Because of the excuse (the cold) he didn’t get done the things that he should have. He rested in what he had at the time, keeping warm and well fed from previous labors.
But because he did nothing, he’ll get nothing when harvest time comes rolling by. When we trade duties for comfort, this will happen in whatever area you’d like to discuss. This doesn’t only happen in the fields, but how about making it as simple as it gets…
How about lunch at work? Ever not want to take the time to make yourself a lunch for work either the night before or that morning? I’ve done that more times than I can remember.
Personally, if I wasn’t hungry in the morning, I wouldn’t bother to make anything, and instead take my time doing something else, like catching a bit of TV before leaving, or fooling around on the computer before leaving.
But then lunch time comes around… And I’d find myself paying for food that I could have otherwise brought in from home for free, or sit around kicking myself because I was too lazy to take care of something when I had the time to do it.
That is a relatively harmless and simple example. But how about the big things? The more responsibility required for whatever it is, the worse the repercussions are when we’re too slotherly or sluggish to follow through and get the ball rolling.
But then again, the greater the reward is when we are faithful to do the things that we set out to do, and follow through with things that we’ve been charged with. If the sluggard had simply rejected the temptation to stay in from the cold, he wouldn’t have later on found himself being brought to beg in harvest. Instead, he would be reaping the fruit of the land.
The cold was the sluggard’s excuse. When we look deeply at the different things that we either procrastinate or ignore doing, what’s the excuse that we rely on to try to make ourselves feel better for not doing what we’re supposed to do?
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 10: King James Bible
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
Romans 12: King James Bible
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Hebrews 6: King James Bible
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 11: King James Bible
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
2 Peter 1: King James Bible
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Thank you for the wisdom that is found in your Word. Thank you for it, as it replenishes our soul, and brings strength to the bones! When we are tempted to behave as a sluggard or to do things in a slotherly manner, please stir into our remembrance all of the different things you’ve had to say about being that way, and also what you’ve had to say about being diligent. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever been forced to beg in harvest due to inaction?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.140 – The Slothful
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.145 – Diligent Soul
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.197 – Hedge of Thorns
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 18 P. 245 – God the Foreman
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 6 P.49 – Go to the Ant