Key Word:- OBEY
Title:- 'Bout a Lazy Farmer That Wouldn't Hoe His Corn
Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.
Alison Crouch and Union Station preserve their ‘Bluegrass’ roots very well with their rendering of a traditional balled called ‘The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn.’ Songs of tradition contain a message and sometimes, even a few! This particular song opens with the words:
Tell You a little story and it won't take long,
'Bout a lazy farmer who wouldn't hoe his corn.
The reason why I never could tell,
That young man was always well.
Come September there came a big frost
All the young man's corn was lost
In case you didn’t know, hoeing corn was in those days, the consuming but necessary business of weeding. The moral is simple, ATTEND TO YOUR WEEDING ELSE YOU SHALL NOT HAVE A CROP.
Jesus tells us that hearing the Word is not sufficient for Christians. The soil also needs attending to. Some of us, indeed, most of us in the West, have more weeds in our field than corn! The weeds are easy to identify, listen: “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22-23 ) Friends, anything that hinders growth is a weed. Pull it!
If you purpose a good crop, then you must hoe your corn. You must take time to weed out cancerous cares and destructive desires. You must take time! Got it? Spirituality takes time and your spiritual life takes effort. Allow me to challenge you practically today. Are you healthy, are you well? Are you producing corn, you know, food! If not, then you need to get to it friend, get going and get hoeing, else you shall be without a crop. In your life, you can’t do without consistent T & E; do you know what I mean, ‘Time and Effort.’
Listen:- When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. Proverbs 24:32-34
Pray:- Lord, so far this proverbial trinity of “little things” has cost me dearly. Help me Lord to hoe my soil diligently, so that I may produce a hundred-fold of what You have planted, for You indeed purpose a full crop in my life. Amen!