He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. – Proverbs 10:5
Again we have more of the Spirit-inspired, Solomon-lived wisdom being shared with us through the life and times of the great Israelite king. He shares with us truths that can help shape us and make us if we listen to the God-given message in them.
Solomon states simply that the one who gathers the harvest is a prudent son/servant/worker while the one who sleeps through the harvest is a disgrace to his father. Let’s apply this message to us in light of God’s Word. Jesus, much later in time, told us to pray to the LORD of the harvest to send out laborers into the fields white unto harvest. He also told us to fulfill His great commission. Those believers who share their witness to the lost and see sinners reconciled to God are prudent children of the Father. Those believers who pass through life and never reap one soul during the harvest truly are a disgrace to God the Father. God doesn’t need us to reap souls, but He chooses to use humans to gather it into His house. Are you prudent or disgraceful? Answer that question in your heart and then take the answer to God.
Father, I have not been the most prudent son in Your family. I repent of not putting my sickle into the harvest and gathering in more souls into Your house. Show me how to be more prudent and thus see more sinners reconciled to You. I don’t want to be like the unprofitable servant of the parable who hid his talent and then gave it back without even so much as interest on it. Help me to be like the 5 and 10 talent servants who produced a 100% return on their investments. In Jesus’ name, Amen.