I have a farming analogy for us today. Plow the Field and Kill the Weeds!!
Proverbs and parables – so much of the great teaching in the Bible is told in pictures. Stories that the hearer can relate to. I am not a farmer, nor even a very good gardener, but this one caught my attention.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart – the unplowed field of the wicked – produce sin. Proverbs 21:4
I can picture the wicked with their sneers and upturned noses… but I can also see how this relates to ME. I wouldn’t call myself wicked, but it is true that the sinful nature we were born with never stops battling for supremacy. And so I need to see that field as my life and put my finger on what IS wicked in me. And plow that badness right out of there.
Plow the Field
A plow is the “most important agricultural implement since the beginning of history, used to turn and break up soil, to bury crop residues, and to help control weeds.” (Britannica.com) So not only is plowing good for controlling weeds, but it buries crop residues – it gets rid of the old life. And those are both needed to prepare the soil for new growth.
Kill the Weeds
Honestly for me right now the struggle is to break up the negative thoughts and anger before they take root. That’s not what I want in my head and in my life. Not hiding them, but destroying them. Plowing must be done first, in a farming situation, before you plant and grow a crop. In our thought life, we do it at the same time, over and over. Pull the weeds, I guess would be the equivalent. Negative thoughts and anger are weeds that can spoil the whole crop if they are left unattended. They suck up all the thoughts and attention leaving us miserable. They cause us to lose focus on how to grow the crop we DO want.
I’d rather plow the field and be able to grow something good, than leave the weeds that will lead to sin. (And then maybe this post can help with planting the good stuff?)
Take a minute to think about your field – what weeds in your life need to be plowed up?