Originally posted at http://www.roberlain.wordpress.com – Watching Daily At Wisdom’s Gates
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Proverbs was written into a very agricultural society. So when Solomon wanted to make a point about diligently making the most of the time, he often used agricultural metaphors, as here. Summertime is a time of harvest, a season of work rather than rest to an agricultural society. In an urbanised society it’s often the other way round, we holiday in the summer.
But the principle remains: when it’s a season for hard graft we should knuckle down and get on with it. Prudence is wisdom and thoughtfulness as to the best course of action. If you work when it’s time to, you’re prudent.
If on the other hand you sleep through harvest, you’re a disgraceful son. In other words, if you don’t make the most of opportunities to work, you’re a shame on your family. We like to emphasise self esteem, but Solomon’s culture emphasised honour and shame; cleanliness and uncleanness.
Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful. He wasn’t on about crops, but souls ripe for the harvest. He then told us to pray for workers for the harvest field, and immediately sends us out. Will we be diligent servants of the great commission, or shameful sons of the most high God?
“Lord, please send out workers into your harvest field. If that means me, then I ask that you would equip me to serve you with prudence and zeal. Forgive me for times I’m lazy and careless in my duties. In Jesus’ name, amen”