Proverbs 12:11 Dissected & Defined
He that tilleth (cultivates) his land shall be satisfied with bread (provender): but he that followeth vain (empty) persons is void (lacking) of understanding.
Society’s prevailing philosophy is the “have it your way—right away” mentality. We are a generation that can meet all our needs without too much effort. It has bred laziness and ungratefulness in its people.
This is true spiritually also. Just like a land that needs cultivation to produce fruit in order that it may meet one’s needs, so this is true as well for our Christian walk. Our spiritual needs are best met when we diligently cultivate the soil of our heart.
It has been said that anything worth having is worth working for. A vibrant Spirit-filled life does not come by chance. It is hard work. However, we don’t perform the work. The work of our life is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. Our full-time job is to simply yield to His cultivating process.
Difficult Circumstances Develop Our Relationship
God intends to use difficult circumstances in our life to break up the fallow ground of our heart. He wants to cultivate within our heart that which is true, honest, and just (Phil. 4:8). The “tilling” is painful. His pressure at times is consistent. But the fruit that tillage will bear will be unbelievably beneficial. Yes, the relationship that is developed by the Holy Spirit is well worth the pruning process.
However, a Christian that “opts out” of our Creator’s cultivation misses out on the dynamic love relationship this process is intended to bring. When we take a pass on the pruning, poking, and prodding that our Persuader is performing, we will live a life absent of plenty. We will be empty.
Difficult Circumstances Are Good For Us
Solomon says that the person that chooses to avoid cultivation will face starvation. So it is true in my life that when I reject this process of personal, persuasive cultivation by the Lord that I will find myself empty in the face of adversity. My heart becomes hardened and fallow. My choices to deal with the dilemma seem limited.
Victim or Victorious? Book
Within these pages, you will meet seven different women who endured great hardships. While some may call them “victims” of their circumstances, I see them as victorious! Their lives have influenced me in more ways than I can express…and I believe they will do the same for you!