by Frank Pollard

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Proverbs 24:30-34
It was an honest man who said,, "The things I don't
understand about the Bible don't bother me near as much as
the thin-gs I do undestaer "
The Bible has a way of taking truths we'd sometimes like
to dodge and framing them in pictures of our everyday living.
Take the words of our text, written thousands of years ago,
yet they are as much a part of our lives today as Telestar.
We non-toilers of the soil are apt to feel less than kind
when we drive slowly down a highway, detained by a pickup
weaving somewhat because the white-hatted driver is looking
at green rows in a field more than the white one on the
highway. But after all, that's where the man's heart is if
it is his field and where he can learn something, maybe,
if it is the other fellow's.
I guess, like many others, I never understood this until
one day I caught myself slowing down as I drove past the house
of a church member no longer serving the Lord, a spiritual
dropout, wondering and praying about how the harvest of that
life could be prompted to bear fruit.
The fact is, as we read about a fellow who went past a lazy
man's field - unkept, full of weeds and thorns, the fence half
down - it is almost like reading the musing of an editorial in
any community newspaper. The writer ponders the fact that the
farmer never meant it to be that way. It's just that he
thought he'd rest a while today and take care of the work
tomorrow. "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little
folding of the hands to sleep," that's the way poverty comes.
Laziness is like a robber, as effective a thief as an armed
Now set the scene in the drama of what God is trying to do
through Christians in this world. "The field is the world,"
said Jesus. "The world in which I expect my laborers to work--
planting seeds, tending to the tender, growing plants and
reaping the harvest."
After two thousand years a critical and observing world

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