Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Friday, March 24, 2017

The Field of the Slothful

And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
PROVERBS 24:31

Come, let us take a walk with Solomon. Let us with him pass by the field of the slothful. As we gaze over the broken stone wall, may we too receive instruction from this parable of nature. The slothful man might have enriched himself by his field and vineyard. It was a precious possession. It was fertile soil, as the abundance of those thorns and nettles plainly proves. Where they could so flourish, better things could be produced. The rain watered the soil. It felt the warmth of the sun. Why this waste of productive ground? This garden was neglected. It had not been cultivated; it had not been weeded. Those thorns and nettles bore testimony to that.

Ah, ruinous neglect! How insidious neglect is! How much is lost by it! If we neglect the garden of our soul, it will not be left empty. The rank weeds of sin will certainly grow up there with their noxious fruit. We see in our text the sure result of being slothful in the things of God. What unsightliness is here! What waste is here! What dearth and devastation! There could have been a field ripe with golden grain and choice vines loaded with clusters of refreshing fruit. The soul of the Christian should be like a well-watered gardenflourishing, fragrant, and fruitful.

Christian, be diligent in spiritual husbandry. Break up your fallow ground. Sow to yourself in righteousness. Cultivate the fruits of the Spirit. Build up the wall of godly habits. Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Pet. 1:5-8). Go and work today in your vineyard.

Deny sloth not only continuance, but countenance.
Thomas Adams

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