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Proverbs 20:4, “A lazy man does not plow in season;
          so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.”

Plowing is the unseen and unappreciated work of a farmer.  Through much of history – and still in many parts of the world today – it meant trudging behind an ox or horse, trying to keep it going in a straight line, walking over clods of dirt being broken up by the plow.  Today in America, it’s done by Super Tractors, but even then, it must be rather dull and mind-numbing.  Regardless of how it is done, it is certainly not glamorous.

That’s true of most of what we call “work.”  It’s not fun to watch or talk about.  It’s rather dull and mind-numbing sometimes, maybe punctuated by moments of excitement – or – maybe not.  It’s just doing what’s necessary to produce the final result.  It’s what we all have to do on our jobs:  the unseen, unappreciated, dull, mind-numbing, four-letter word, “WORK.”

It amazes me here, that the lazy man doesn’t do any work, but he still looks for a harvest!!  How foolish is that?!  Hard work is not glamorous, and seems so unrewarding, when harvest is so far away.  It may even seem to be a waste of time.  But it is that hard work of preparation that makes the frantic pace of harvest bearable, and increases the yield, and thus the profit.

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I long to be left alone and peaceful.  I don’t want to be a warrior in the Lord’s army.  Just let me be a clerk somewhere in the supply chain.  I would rather support the warriors than to fight with them on the front lines.

But the front lines are now as close as my own heart, the enemy attacking within my own neighborhood, threatening the lives of my own family.  I cannot sit passively and watch the war on the nightly news.  I must dress myself for battle and join in the Kingdom’s defense.

Defense…..

In that one word lies one of the greatest deceptions of Satan, and tells of one of the greatest moral failures of modern Christ-followers.  We have been lazy and uninvolved in the battle against evil.  Complacent and occupied with our own pursuits, our swords rusting in the closet.  We lamented the approaching evil, but did nothing.

The army of the Lord was never meant for defense.  It was a conquering army, aggressively taking the whole world for the King!  Even the very gates of hell itself could not stand against it!

There are times when the only thing that saves me from the web of temptation is an internet tracking program called Covenant Eyes.  I am not frequently tempted by online “entertainment,” but I have been tempted and I have fallen.  The experience is exhilarting (as sin usually is), but it ends with shame and grief. 

Online pornography is “safe.”  No one else knows you’re doing it, you’re nowhere near sleazy joints where you might be seen.  That’s the beauty of Covenant Eyes.  With Covenant Eyes I know that my accountability partners can “see” where I’ve been on the internet.  That is a powerful deterrent to an otherwise “private” sin.

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